Paul O’Connell is a Reader in Law at SOAS, University of London. His research and teaching focus on public law, human rights (in particular socio-economic rights) and legal theory. He holds an LL.B. from Trinity College Dublin, and an LL.M. and PhD from the National University of Ireland. His previously published work has dealt with the comparative protection of socio-economic rights, the impact of globalisation on human rights, and administrative law. While at Harvard he will work on a monograph which critically explores the relationship between globalisation and human rights. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to support this research.