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Colm O'Cinneide  

BCL LLM LLM BL (King's Inns)
Reader in Laws

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1420 | Internal: x21420
Email: c.o'cinneide@ucl.ac.uk

Colm O'Cinneide is a Reader in Law, specialising in human rights, comparative constitutional and anti-discrimination law. He is also currently General Rapporteur of the European Committee of Social Rights (having served as Vice-President of the Committee from 2008-12) and a member of the Blackstone Chambers Academic Panel. Colm has acted as a legal consultant for a range of organisations, including the European Commission, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, and has also served as specialist legal adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the UK Parliament (2007-10). He is a member of the editorial boards of Current Legal Problems, the International Journal of Law in Context, Race and Social Problems and the Irish Jurist, among other publications: he has also acted as an assessor for the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) and as external examiner for a range of institutions.

At present, Colm has a particular research interest in the evolving framework of EU anti-discrimination law, the development of ‘social constitutionalism’ as reflected in the move to make socio-economic rights legally enforceable in a range of states across the globe, and the issues that arise with respect to the democratic legitimacy of international human rights law. He is open to supervision requests in relation to these and other topics relating to anti-discrimination, human rights and constitutional law. 

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