Tim O’Connor BL

  • Junior Counsel: 1998
Qualifications:

BCL, LL.M

Areas of Practice:
  • Judicial Review
  • Tort & Personal Injury Law
Specialisation:
  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration & Asylum Law
  • Sports Law
Tim O’Connor BL
Circuits:

Cork
Dublin
Memberships:
Bar of Northern Ireland
Other Languages:
Afrikaans (Working)
French (Working)
Direct Professional Access:
Provided

Called Trinity 1998.

Devilled in Dublin 1998-99.

Devilled on the Cork Circuit 1999-2000.

Junior for the Respondent in the case of SRS & AA v. Minister for Justice and Equality [2020] IESC 78, now before the Court of Justice in a referral on what constitutes a household for the purposes of EU free movement law. https://www.courts.ie/acc/alfresco/b73b9af0-f104-42e3-a650-f9ed96c75048/2020_IESC_78%20(Unapproved).pdf/pdf#view=fitH

Junior for the Minister for Justice in Fox v. Minister for Justice & Equality [2021] IESC 61 on the extent of Article 2 ECHR rights in Ireland and legacy investigations, and when and whether the state must carry out investigations into deaths. https://www.courts.ie/acc/alfresco/aa6a53ce-dbb5-4d09-858b-7d2e4b5857cc/2021_IESC_61.pdf/pdf#view=fitH

Junior for the Minister for Justice in  AZ, a test case on the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Gorry. https://www.courts.ie/acc/alfresco/cf8439c1-b63f-44c9-8bff-1eab42594b83/2021_IEHC_770.pdf/pdf#view=fitH

Presented on legal liability at the World Rugby Transgender Policy Workshop in London, February 25th-26th 2020.

Panel Member in the Tokyo 2021 Appeal Process of arbitrations run by Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Publications:

    • Bringing it Down on Their Own Heads: Negligence and Changes to the Laws of Rugby (2008) 26 ILT 191

    • Counting the Hidden Costs — the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) 2007 and Infant Plaintiffs” (2009) 27(7) ILT 98.

    • Rugby Discipline and the Courts: Going Through the Phases? (2013) 18 Bar Review (4) 75.

    • Law in Sport, 18th December, 2013: How The Perceived Risk of Litigation Affects the Rules of Rugby http://www.lawinsport.com/articles/regulation-a-governance/item/how-the-perceived-risk-of-litigation-affects-the-rules-of-rugby

    • Law in Sport, 29th April, 2016, When Sports Banter Crosses the Line – Joe Marler and “Heat of the Moment” Comments.

    • Chapter 12, “Compensation Culture in Sport” Damages and Compensation Culture: Comparative Perspectives Quill & Friel Eds., Hart Publishing, 2016.

  • March 2010 – Southern Law CPD on the effect of the judgement in Meadows v. MJER [2010] IESC 3.

  • April 2011 – Concussion Liability in Rugby – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Irish Bar and NW Circuit of the English Bar.

  • 3rd March 2012 – European Treaty Rights and Player Contracts in Irish Rugby – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Irish Bar and Northern Ireland Bar.

  • May 2012 – Rugby Discipline and the Courts: Going Through the Phases? Irish Bar and NW Circuit of the English Bar, Manchester.

  • 11th May 2013 – Employment Law and Equality in Sporting Contracts Irish Bar and NW Circuit of the English Bar, Dublin.

  • Presented a paper on Compensation Culture and Sport at Compensation Culture: Comparative Tort Law Reform in the 21st Century, ICEL, University of Limerick, May 23rd/24th, 2014, 

  • Jim O’Driscoll Memorial Address The Myth of Compensation Culture, 23rd January, 2015.

  • Cork Family Lawyers’ Association CPD, Legal Aid in Family Law: Recent Developments in the UK March 6th, 2015

  • National Sports Law Conference, 18th October, 2015 Contact Sports, Concussion and the Law – A Coming Crisis?

  • Kings Inns, 23rd April, 2016; Verbal Abuse on the Sports Field; Thoughts on the Marler “Gypsy Boy” Incident.

  • Brexit, Competition Law and Sport, Law Library, Distillery, February, 2017.

  • Irish Sport and Concussion Liability, Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland conference, Dublin, February 23rd, 2018.

  • GDPR and Sport, Bar of Ireland breakfast briefing, Dublin, May 4th, 2018.

  • Brexit and Sport: Ireland and Cross Border Sport Sport & EU Annual Conference 2018, July 4th, 2018, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England

  • Sports Law and EU Rights Law July 5th, 2018, Sports Law Summer School, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, England

  • Contemporary Issues and Debates in Sports Law UCC Sports Law Clinic, March 28th 2019 – panel chair.

  • World Rugby Transgender Workshop, February, 2020.

  • On the Ball: The Rugby Union Conference with Morgan Sports Law and Kings Chambers, as a panel member on “The International Movement of Rugby Players”.

  • “Enforceability of Barristers’ Fees – Pipe Dream or Possibility?” 10th May, 2021

  • https://www.lawlibrary.ie/viewpoints/centrecourt/
  • “Torts, Sports and the Courts: Thoughts on Litigation Reform” Munster Circuit Dinner, 5th May, 2022

Member of the Sports Resolutions Pro Bono Panel.

Judge in the Jessup International Moot.

Judge in the Sports Law Arbitration Moot

 

Treasurer of the Sports Law Bar Association of Ireland.

Committee Member of the Immigration Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association.

Member of the Bar Council Personal Injury Committee 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Member of the EU Bar Association.

Lecturer Law Society of Ireland Sports Law Diploma.

Examiner Law Society of Ireland Sports Law Diploma.

Member of the Sports Disputes Solutions Ireland Arbitration Panel.

Irish Sailing judge.

Member of the Editorial Board of Law in Sport for Europe.

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Member of the Irish Centre for European Law

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