Dr Noreen O'Meara


Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and European Law
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Biography

Noreen O’Meara is a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and European Law. She read Law at the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and UCL (LLM (Public Law) and did her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London. She has also completed non-degree studies at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Université Paris-1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and RADA. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), and in practice at the European Commission's Legal Service and CJEU, on cases focusing on varied areas including Fundamental Rights protection and Environmental law.

At the University of Surrey, she has focused her research on Human Rights and European Law, looking especially at rights and judicial protection before national courts, the CJEU and European Court of Human Rights. Within these fields, she is currently focusing on aspects of environmental law and security. In collaboration with the Special Interest Group on Plastics in the Environment, she is working on interdisciplinary projects on plastics pollution and sustainability. She is co-director of the School of Law’s newest research centre, Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law (SCIEL). 

Noreen is currently Sutherland Fellow (UCD) and has previously held visiting positions at The Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, iCourts, University of Copenhagen, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Stockholm University.

Research interests

  • Human Rights
  • European Union Public Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Law of the ECHR
  • Courts and Judicial Reform

Teaching

  • European Union Law I: Constitutional and Institutional Law (Convenor)
  • European Human Rights Law (Convenor)

Departmental duties

  • Co-Director: Surrey Centre for International and Environmental Law (SCIEL)
  • Director of Joint Honours Programmes
  • Society of Legal Scholars Council Rep

Affiliations

  • Inner Temple
  • The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
  • Bar European Group (BEG)
  • University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

My publications

Publications

Selected Publications:

O'Meara, N. 'Tackling the Plastics Pollution Crisis through the Single-Use Plastics Directive: context, scope and implementation challenges' (accepted: forthcoming in Environmental Liability)

Adams, N., O'Meara, N. and McCarthy, D., 'The Joint Enterprise Appeals Project: a crucible for student empowerment and activism?' in Student Empowerment in Higher Education (Logos Verlag 2020) (accepted: forthcoming).

O'Meara, N. 'Extradition through the Lens of Brexit: The UK, Ireland and Future Prospects' (accepted: forthcoming in the Irish Journal of European Law).

O'Meara, N. 'Lisbon, via Stockholm, Strasbourg and Opinion 2/13: prospects for citizen-centred protection of fundamental rights?' in D. Kostakopoulou and N. Ferreira (eds.) The human face of the European Union: Is EU law and policy humane enough? (CUP 2016).

O'Meara, N. 'Reforming the European Court of Human Rights: The Impacts of Protocols 15 and 16 ECHR' in E. Wicks, L. Hodson and K. Ziegler, The UK and the European Court of Human Rights - a strained relationship? (Hart 2015).

Dzehtsiarou K., Konstadinides T., Lock T., and O'Meara N. (eds.) Human Rights Law in Europe: The influence, overlaps and contradictions of the EU and the ECHR (Routledge 2014), 256p. ISBN: 9780415825993.

Dzehtsiarou K. and O'Meara N. 'Advisory Jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights: A Magic Bullet for Dialogue and Docket-Control?' (2014) 34(3) Legal Studies 444.

Konstadinides T. and O'Meara N. 'Rebalancing Judicial Protection in Criminal Matters after Lisbon and Stockholm' in C. Murphy and D. Acosta Arcarazo (eds.) EU Security and Justice Law: After Lisbon and Stockholm (Oxford, Hart Publishing). ISBN: 9781849464222.

O'Meara N. 'More Secure Europe of Rights? The European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and EU Accession to the ECHR(2011) 12 GLJ 1813-1832.