Researchers at UCD


Paul O'Connor

Associate Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164157


Paul A. O'Connor studied law at University College Dublin where he graduated with BCL and LLM degrees. He subsequently obtained the professional legal qualification of Barrister-at-Law degree from King's Inns and continued with his legal studies at the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a Master's in Law specialising in Criminal Justice. Following a brief period in practise in the United States he returned to Ireland and UCD and commenced his career as a legal academic. He resumed contact with the United States in the 1980's where he spent the academic year 1987/88 as a Fulbright Fellow at the law school of the University of Michigan. During the course of his academic career at UCD he has taught a range of courses and currently specialises in the Law of Evidence and Family Law. He was appointed Associate Dean of the School of Law in 1989 and then Dean from 1992 to 2007. Keenly interested in strategic development, he has been responsible for a number of major initiatives involving the broadening of the law school's educational mission through the creation of new degree and diploma programmes; the establishment of unique exchange programmes with law schools in North America and Australia; and the fostering of strong links with the practising legal profession. Among the more notable achievements during his period as Dean have been the development of research policy and the establishment of the State's only Institute of Criminology; the Irish European Law Forum; and two lecture series, Society, Broadcasting and the Law and the John Maurice Kelly Memorial Lecture; the creation of new Chairs and a major expansion in staff numbers. He continues to be actively involved in development and works closely with the law school's Development Council in generating resources. He is the author of the law school's current strategic development. In addition,  he has served on numerous committees and most recently was appointed by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to the Criminal Law Codification Advisory Committee.



O' Connor, P; (1988) Key Issues in Irish Family Law. : Round Hall Press. [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1983) Innocent Till Proven Guilty, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, 1983. This book was co-authored. : *. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

O' Connor, P; (2001) 'Legal Education in Ireland'. Michigan Bar Journal, 78 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1994) 'Constitution and the Family'. International Survey of Family Law, 27 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1992) 'Ireland: Nullity and the Judiciary'. Journal of Family Law, 16 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1985) 'Maintenance Clauses in Separation Clauses'. Irish Law Times, 3 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1985) 'The Mandatory Warning Requirement in Respect of Complainants in Sex Cases'. Irish Jurist, 20 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1985) 'Prior Subsisting Marriage and Non Observance of Formalities as Grounds of Nullity'. Irish Law Times, 3 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Inability to Enter into a Normal Marital Relationship. Further Developments'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'A Married Mans Entitlement to Social Welfare Benefits'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Evidence of Visual Identification in Irish Law'. Irish Jurist, 19 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Kidnapping and the Irish Courts'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'The Impact of Adulterous Relationships on the Outcome of Custody Disputes'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Indirect Contributions and the Acquisition of a Beneficial Interest in Property'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'The Succession Rights of Illegitimate Children'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'The Jurisdiction of the High Court in Family Law Matters'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Nullity the recent cases'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Matrimonial Property two recent cases'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'The Right of Widowers to Adopt'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'Homosexuality as a Ground of Nullity'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]
O' Connor, P; (1984) 'N.A.D. v TDD: The Resulting and Constructive Trusts are Distinguished'. Irish Law Times, 2 . [Details]