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Education CV


PhD Candidate in Law, University of Cambridge (expected 2017). 

LL.M European Law, College of Europe, Bruges (2013).

LL.B (ling. franc.) Law and French, Trinity College, Dublin (2012).


  • Norton Rose Fulbright Prize for best Commercial Law article published in the Trinity College Law Review (2015).
  • Scholarship to attend the ten-day International Society of Labour Law Seminar, Venice (2015).
  • Government of Ireland Scholarship to College of Europe, Bruges (2012).
  • Donogh O’Malley Scholarship – national scholarship for undergraduate and doctoral studies (2008-present).

Work Experience

  • Supervisor of Labour Law (2015-present) and EU Law (2016-present), Cambridge University Law Faculty - small group teaching of undergraduates . 
  • EU Competition and Regulatory Law intern, Van Bael & Bellis Lawyers, Brussels (2013-2014). 


  • Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Oxford - 'The Interpretation of Employment Legislation through a Fundamental Rights Lens' (2016). 
  • British Association of Comparative Law Postgraduate Research Workshop, Oxford  - ‘Alemo-Herron v Parkwood Leisure: the EU’s Lochner Moment or much ado about Nothing?’(2016).
  • Centre for European Legal Studies, Cambridge – 'Runners and Riders: The Horsemeat Scandal and the Free Movement of Goods in the European Union' (2016).
  • Girton College, Introduction to Law Open Day - presented on occupiers' liability (2016). 
  • International Society of Labour Law Seminar, Venice on Enterprise Transformation and Social Rights - presented on the issue of identifying the employer in fragmented or decentralised companies (2015).
  • Pontignano Labour Law Conference, Modena – UK representative; presented on definitional issues in working time regulation (2015).

Other Experience

  • Editor-in-Chief Cambridge International Law Journal (2016-2017).
  • Undergraduate Admissions Interviewer for Law at Girton College, Cambridge (2015 and 2016).
  • National consultant for the European Commission evaluation of Directive 91/533, helping the Commission to pilot the development of the national surveys and completing those for the UK and Ireland (2015).
  • General Editor (2014-2015) and Managing Editor (2015-present) of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Fields of research

EU Law

Labour Law

Fundamental Rights

Contract Law

Private Law 

Competition Law

Regulatory Law

Comparative Law


The Impact of EU Fundamental Rights on Private Employment Contracts


Professor Catherine Barnard

Dr Louise Merrett 

Representative Publications

  • N O'Connor, 'Interpreting Employment Legislation Through a Fundamental Rights Lens: What's the Purpose?' (forthcoming European Labour Law Journal). 
  • C Barnard and N O'Connor, 'Runners and Riders: The Horsemeat Scandal, EU Law and Mutlilevel Enforcement' (2017) 76 CLJ 116.  
  • D Harvey and N O’Connor, ‘European Dimensions’ (2015) 6 UKSCY 289.
  • N O’Connor, ‘The Impact of Positive Action on Private Law Freedoms – Proposed EU Directive on Gender Balance in the Boardroom’ (2015) 18 TCLR 128.
  • D Harvey and N O’Connor, ‘European Dimensions’ (2015) 5 UKSCAR 24.
  • Contributed to A Kmiecik, ‘Bright Service v Repsol: Non-Compete Obligations in Vertical Distribution Agreements’ (2014) 6 Journal of European Competition Law & Practice 28.

End date

Sep 2017