Rory joined the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and School of Law in 2013 as Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law. He was appointed TJI Director in 2014.  Rory’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of Human Rights and Equality, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory.

His publications include Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations (Routledge 2014) (with Nolan, Harvey, Dutschke and Rooney); Human Rights and Public Finance (Hart 2013) (with Nolan and Harvey); Legal Theory in the Crucible of Constitutional Justice (Dartmouth: Ashgate, 2000), ‘Cinderella comes to the Ball: Article 14 and the right to non-discrimination in the ECHR’ (Legal Studies) and ‘The Role of Dignity in Equality Law: Lessons from Canada and South Africa’  (ICON)’.

Rory studied studied law at University College Dublin (UCD). During his degree, he spent a year as an ERASMUS student at the Université de Rouen. In 1992, he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (European Legal Studies). He proceeded to write an LL.M. by thesis, graduating in 1994. He moved to the European University Institute (EUI), Florence to undertake a PhD and graduated from the EUI in 1997.

Rory’s first lecturing post was in Comparative Law at Lancaster University Law School. From 2001 to 2013 he was a member of the Human Rights Centre, School of Law at Queen’s University of Belfast.

Rory tweets @rjjoconnell and has a website at

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