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Conor Casey, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Conor Casey

Ph.D. Candidate

c/o Law School
House 39
Trinity College, Dublin 2

Fax: (01) 677 0449

Ph.D. Thesis: Executive Power in the Irish Constitutional Order: A Comparative Perspective.

Supervisor: Dr. David Kenny

Biography Professional Qualifications Awards Research Interests
Education Details Employment Details Memberships / Associations Publications


Conor Casey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Law School supported by an Ussher Fellowship. Conor's thesis engages in a comparative constitutional analysis of the place of the executive branch in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States; examining the forces and trends which helped facilitate executive predominance in each system. Conor graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 2015 with a first class honours LL.B. degree. During his time in Trinity he was elected a non-foundation scholar. After graduating from Trinity Conor spent a year working as a legal researcher to a Senior Counsel of the Bar of Ireland. During this time, his work focused on the field of constitutional law, European Union law, international environmental law, refugee and asylum law, and European human rights law. In 2017 Conor graduated with an LL.M degree from Yale Law School, where he was awarded a Walter W. Oberreit Memorial Fund Scholarship and a Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship. He takes seminars in Constitutional Law and Legal skills at the School of Law. Conor has had work published on constitutional law and theory in the Irish Jurist, Dublin University Law Journal and International Journal of Constitutional Law. His work has been cited by the Irish Supreme Court and Irish Court of Appeal.

Professional Qualifications


  • Matheson Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018.
  • Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute Early Career-Researcher, 2018-2019.
  • Niall and Barbara McCarthy Bursary, 2018
  • Ussher Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin, 2017.
  • Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship, Yale Law School, 2016
  • Walter W. Oberreit Memorial Fund Scholarship, Yale Law School, 2016.
  • Non-foundation scholarship, Trinity College, Dublin, 2013.

Research Interests

  • Constitutional law
  • Comparative Public law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Political Theory

Education Details

  • Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.) Candidate - Trinity College, Dublin (2017-present)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) - Yale Law School, (2016-2017)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) - Trinity College, Dublin (2011-2015)

Employment Details

  • Seminar Tutor (Constitutional Law I & Foundations of Law), School of Law, Trinity College, Dublin (2017-present).
  • Legal Researcher to Ciaran Toland, Senior Counsel, Bar of Ireland (2015-2016).

Memberships /Associations /Representations


  • David Kenny & Conor Casey- “Shadow Constitutional Review: The Dark Side of Pre-Enactment Political Review in Ireland and Japan”, International Journal of Constitutional Law (Forthcoming 2019).c
  • Conor Casey, ‘Underexplored Corners- Inherent Executive Power in the Irish Constitutional Order’, Dublin University Law Journal, Volume 40(1), 2017
  • Conor Casey and Daire McCormack-George, ‘An Analysis of the Right to Shelter in Irish Law for Children and Adults’, Irish Jurist, Volume 54, 2015.
  • Conor Casey, ‘Reading Between the Lines: The Search for the Legal Basis of Residency Permission Schemes for Non-Irish Nationals’, Irish Jurist, Volume 53, 2015.
  • Conor Casey, ‘Law and Indeterminacy: Causes and Significance’, Trinity College Law Review, Volume 18, 2015.
  • Conor Casey, ‘Case Note on Irish Supreme Court decision in Damache v Attorney General’, Volume 32(9) Irish Law Times, 2014.