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Charlotte Rachel O'Brien


Former affiliations
  • Lecturer, Law
  • Senior Lecturer, Law

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I'm very happy to supervise PhD students on subjects related to EU free movement, theories of discrimination and equality, and welfare law (EU and/or UK).

Personal profile

Research interests

  • EU social law, UK public law and human rights law
  • EU policies on social security coordination, migration, citizenship, labour law and asylum
  • The implementation of these policies into UK law
  • Theories of equality and fundamental rights
  • Welfare law, policy and reform


I joined York Law School in 2009. From 2006-9, I completed a PhD at the University of Liverpool through an individual AHRC studentship and took part in two research projects on retirement migration funded by the Spanish Ministry for Employment & Social Affairs and Age Concern. These looked at the access to welfare services for post-retirement EU migrants. Prior to the PhD, I completed the LLM in Law at the University of Leeds, where I undertook research assistance work on the EU constitutional treaty. Following my Social & Political Sciences degree I trained as a volunteer Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, and have since continued case work and supervision.