Conor accepts instructions across the range of administrative law areas in which chambers specializes, with a particular emphasis on work in the area of Equality and Discrimination Law and Community Care and Health.
In addition, Conor has substantial expertise in the area of public and private international law, in particular in the area of remedies in international law and his book, Reparations and Victim Support in the International Criminal Court, published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He has advised or been consulted by organizations including the UN, the Registry of the International Criminal Court, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law as well as corporations and NGO’s on questions of international law.
Conor previously taught international law on the Tripos course at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Visiting Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law 2011-2012 and was a Guest Lecturer in International Humanitarian Law at the London School of Economics, (LLM Course) 2010-2011.
Conor has published numerous articles in leading peer reviewed journals on questions of international law, in particular in the areas of remedies in international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law including pieces in the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press), European Human Rights Law Review (Sweet and Maxwell) and the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press) among others.
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His book, Reparations and Victim Support in the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) explores the ICC’s regime of victim redress and the role it plays within the context of other systems of remedies for grave violations of international law at the national and international levels. For further details please click here.
Conor has a developing practice in the area of judicial review and administrative law, in particular in relation to cases giving rise to questions of public international law. In addition, he regularly advises on the merits of judicial review. He has advised on issues ranging from the merits of decisions by the Secretary of State for the Home Department under the point-based system to a refusal by the Secretary of State for Justice to award compensation in respect a conviction found to have been unsafe by the Court of Appeal. He has also been instructed in cases including:
Prior to starting at the bar Conor worked for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, in which capacity he undertook significant work in the field of community care, in particular in respect of the rights of persons with disabilities and those in long-term residential accommodation. He also has experience in the field of asylum support. Recent cases in which Conor has been instructed include:
Conor has a growing practice in the field of immigration asylum and nationality law in particular in relation to cases raising difficult questions of EU or public international law, including statelessness. He appears before the Upper Tribunal, First Tier Tribunal and regularly advises on the merits of judicial review. His work includes:
Prior to undertaking pupillage Conor worked at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, in which capacity he prepared reports and submissions to government on behalf of the Commission on issues including the rights of vulnerable adults and issues connected with the rights of persons with disabilities. He is prepared a substantial report for the Federation of Small Business (Northern Ireland) on the implications of the equality reforms for the small business sector in Northern Ireland. This report was submitted to the UK government as part of the legislative consultation process.
Conor advises on the international law obligations of corporations or individuals, in particular in consequence of obligations imposed by the UN Security Council or arising from the implementation of obligations arising international human rights law, international criminal law and international humanitarian law.
Conor has a good deal of expertise and experience in international law, including private international law,
Conor has acted as an expert consultant on questions of international law to a range of international organizations and NGOs including the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Interights.
He has acted or advised in connectionwith the following matters:
University of Cambridge, PhD (international law, remedies)
Harvard University, HKS, (Kennedy Scholar)
University of Cambridge, LLM in International Law: 1st Class Hons.
Queen’s Belfast: LLB: 1st Class Hons.
International Law Association
American Society of International Law
Committee On the Administration of Justice (NI)
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
Lord Chief Justice’s Prize
Law Society Prize
Winner, World Final, Jean Pictet, International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition (Geneva, 2004)
Ramsey Turtle Scholarship Stanley Austin Prize
Graham Memorial Scholarship
Expert Consultant, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Roster of Expert Consultants, UNDP Democratic Governance and Human Rights
Roster of Expert Consultants, UN Office of Drugs and Crime
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