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Dr Conor Casey LL.B. (Dubl.) LLM (Yale) PhD (Dubl.)

Lecturer Law

About

Personal Statement

Conor was appointed Lecturer in Law at the School of Law and Social Justice in August 2021. From 2020-2021 he was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

Prior to this, he completed an LLB at Trinity College, Dublin in 2015, an LLM from Yale Law School in 2017, and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2020. Conor is a non-practising barrister, having been called to the Irish Bar in 2020.

Conor’s research specialises in administrative law, constitutional law, and legal theory.

Conor has had work featured in leading journals like the Edinburgh Law Review, European Constitutional Law Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Maryland Law Review, Modern Law Review, Law & Literature and Public Law.

In January 2022 Conor was commissioned by the think-tank Policy Exchange to co-author a report on the Attorney General of England & Wales with John Larkin QC (the former Attorney General of Northern Ireland) and with a foreword by Robert Buckland MP QC. This report was cited by the Attorney General before the House of Commons Justice Committee and in written submissions of the Attorney General’s Office to the House of Lords Constitution Committee.

In March 2022 Conor was invited by the House of Lords Constitution Committee to provide expert written and oral evidence on their inquiry into potential reform of the Law Officers. His work on executive lawyers was also cited by the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the Tynwald.

Conor's work on public law has been of relevance to courts, practitioners, and policy makers. His work on the scope and limits of the executive power in the Irish Constitution been extensively cited by all levels of the Irish Superior Courts - by the Supreme Court, twice by the Court of Appeal and twice by the High Court.

In May 2022, Conor was invited along with other domestic and international legal experts to provide expert advice to the Irish Government’s Housing Commission. He provided advice on whether the Irish Constitution’s property rights provisions hindered robust political branch action to tackle the homeless crisis.

In February 2021, Conor co-authored an Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission externally funded report analysing the Irish State’s response to the COVID-19 crisis from a human rights and rule of law perspective. This report has influenced policy debates on the Irish State’s use of emergency powers during the pandemic and been adopted by the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission. Its main recommendations were adopted by the Oireachtas Justice Committee in its final report on civil liberties and the government’s COVID-19 response. Conor has also been cited in a high-profile parliamentary research report prepared by the Irish parliament’s library and research service.

In March 2022 Conor was invited along with Professor Oran Doyle of Trinity College, Dublin to guest edit a special edition of Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, one of Ireland’s oldest intellectual journals.

Conor is a regular commentator on legal matters in leading national newspapers and radio stations. He has written for the Irish Times, Journal.ie, and Washington Post.