Conor’s research focuses on administrative law, constitutional theory, and comparative constitutional law. His research has a particular focus on the place of the executive branch in the constitutional order and the impact of apex executive branch lawyers on executive authority.
Conor graduated with a First-Class Honours from Trinity College, Dublin (LL.B. 2015). During his time in Trinity he was elected a Scholar of Law. From 2016-2017, he attended Yale Law School and received a master’s degree (LLM, 2017). From 2017-2020 Conor carried out doctoral studies at Trinity College, Dublin. His thesis involved a comparative study of executive power, examining why the executive branch is predominant in several constitutional systems. He is due to submit his thesis in June 2020.
During his time as a Max Weber fellow, Conor intends to convert his doctoral thesis into a monograph. He also intends to complete articles on the ways executive actors deploy legal and political tools to leverage greater control over the administrative state and the normative issues this engages; and an article on the impact of executive branch lawyers on executive authority.
Expertise for Teaching and Mentoring of Ph.D. Researchers
He has taught constitutional law and comparative constitutional law as a seminarist and adjunct lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin, Maynooth University, and Dublin City University. His work has been cited the Irish Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.