Dr Noreen O'Meara
Noreen read law at the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College), completed an LLM (Public Law) at UCL, and was awarded her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London on the theme of evolving judicial dialogue between highest national courts and the CJEU. She has also completed non-degree studies at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence and Université Paris-1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne).
Called to the Bar of England & Wales (Inner Temple), she previously worked as a Research Fellow in European Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), and as Middle Temple's Hon Sir Peter Bristow Scholar at the European Commission and Court of Justice. Before joining Surrey, she was also a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, focusing on EU Law and Administrative Law.
At the University of Surrey, she has focused her research and teaching on human rights and on legal relationships between the UK and the European Union. Recent research has focused primarily on relationships between national courts and the CJEU / ECtHR and on the interfaces between the EU/ECHR legal orders. In relation to reform of the European Court of Human Rights, research on the implications of Protocols 15 and 16 ECHR is in press. Current research in progress includes studies on the roles of judicial networks in the European legal space; prospects for EU accession to the ECHR; and on the role of the UK Supreme Court in relation to EU and ECHR law.
Noreen has been a visiting researcher at The Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford, iCourts, University of Copenhagen, University College Dublin (UCD - Sutherland Fellow) and Trinity College Dublin. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Stockholm University.
- Human Rights
- European Union Public Law
- Public International Law
- Comparative Law
- Courts and Judicial Reform
- European Union Law I: Constitutional and Institutional Law (Convenor)
- European Human Rights Law (Convenor)
- Director of Joint Honours Programmes
- Deputy Director of Research (2016)
- Academic Coordinator of the ERASMUS programme (2012-2015)
- Faculty International Relations Committee
- Faculty Research and Enterprise Committee
- Faculty Staff-Student Mobility Committee
- Society of Legal Scholars Council, University of Surrey Rep.
- The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
- The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
- Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
- Bar European Group (BEG)
- Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
- University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
Dzehtsiarou K., Konstadinides T., Lock T., and O'Meara N. (eds.) (2014) Human Rights Law in Europe: The influence, overlaps and contradictions of the EU and the ECHR (Routledge 2014), 256p. ISBN: 9780415825993.
Articles and Chapters
O'Meara, N. (2016) '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? (forthcoming: CUP 2016).
O'Meara, N. (2015) '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. and O'Meara N. (2014) '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. (2014) '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. (2011) '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.
Selected Conference Papers
O'Meara N. (2016) 'Human Rights and Brexit' - British Institute of International and Comparative Law Conference 'Brexit: 10 days, 10 issues', June 2016
O'Meara N. (2015) 'Harnessing Judicial Power through Judge-Led Networks', Council of European Studies (CES) International Conference of Europeanists, Sciences-Po, Paris, July 2015
O'Meara N. (2015)'The UK Supreme Court and Avenues of (Euroepan)Judicial Dialogue', iCourts, University of Copenhagen, June 2015
O'Meara N. (2014) 'The UK Supreme Court in Dialogue with Luxembourg and Strasbourg: dialogue within and beyond the courtroom?' - UACES Annual Conference, University College Cork, September 2014.
O'Meara N. (2014) 'Reforming the European Court of Human Rights: the future impact of Protocols 15 and 16 ECHR' - University of Leicester - invited speaker at MLR Workshop 'The UK and the European Court of Human Rights -â€œ A Strained Relationship?' May 2014.
Dzehtsiarou K. and O'Meara N. (2013) 'Advisory Jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights: A Magic Bullet for Dialogue and Docket-Control?' - SLS Annual Conference (Civil Liberties Panel), Edinburgh, September 2013.
O'Meara N.(2013) 'Harnessing Judicial Power in Transnational Context: The Dynamics of Judge-led Networks' - International Political Science Association (IPSA) Conference (Comparative Judicial Studies): Dublin Castle, Ireland, July 2013.
O'Meara N. (2013) 'Judge-Led Networks in the EU Legal Field: Active Contributors to Multi-Level Governance?' - Jean Monnet Research Conference: The Law and Politics of Multi-Level Governance, Rutgers University, NJ, USA, June 2013. (Sponsored by Rutgers Center for European Studies).
O'Meara N. (2011) 'Preliminary References in the UK: Developments in the UK Supreme Court' - London-Leiden 50th Anniversary Conference: The Rule of Law in the European Union, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, June 2011.
O'Meara N.Â (2011) 'Relations between the CJEU and the ECtHR following EU Accession to the ECHR: 'Prior Involvement' of the CJEU' - The Legacy and Future of the ECHR: Evaluating Sixty Years of the European Human Rights Project, University College Dublin, Ireland, April 2011.
O'Meara N. (2011) 'The Role of Judicial Networks: Evolving Judicial Dialogue and Developing EU Law?' - EU Studies Association (EUSA) Biennial Conference: Boston, MA, USA, March 2011.