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Research Interests

Kathryn's research intersects the areas of human rights theory and practice, feminist and gender scholarship, and critical legal theory. She is particularly interested in gendered and critical engagements with the theoretical underpinnings and everyday activity of human rights.

Kathryn is the author of a monograph titled Human Rights and Radical Social Transformation: Futurity, Alterity, Power which was shortlisted for the 2018 Hart-SLSA Early Career Prize. She is currently undertaking a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2019-2020) investigating issues of time and materiality in international human rights law monitoring. In 2018 Kathryn was awarded the QUB Vice Chancellor's Early Career Research Prize. This University-wide Prize recognises a scholar whose research demonstrates outstanding significance and excellence in the first 5 years of their career.

Kathryn's work has been presented widely including as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the University of British Columbia, funded by the County Antrim Grand Jury Bursary, and in conversation with Professor Judith Butler at LSE School of Law in February 2015. In September 2016 Kathryn was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto.

Kathryn is a contributor to a number of collaborative research initiatives. These include the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, a venture between academics and legal practitioners which sought to bring a feminist methodology to bear on key cases in Northern/Irish law. She is also a co-founder of the Reproductive Health Law and Policy Advisory Group, a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast, the University of Liverpool and Ulster University which facilitates knowledge transfer between academics, policy and law-makers and wider stakeholders on issues related to reproductive rights and health. This work has been cited by a number of reports and bodies, including the United Nations CEDAW Committee.

Kathryn is an Editorial Board Member of the leading UK feminist law journal, Feminist Legal Studies. She is also an Associate with Oxford Human Rights Hub.

You can follow Kathryn's research on Twitter and on academia.edu. Her work has been featured on a number of news/public engagement outlets, including The Conversation, The Independent and LSE Politics and Policy.


Kathryn teaches in the areas of Legal Theory, Human Rights, Gender and Law, and Equity.


In 2018 Kathryn led the School of Law's successful application for a Bronze Athena SWAN Award. This national Award recognises the School's commitment to gender equality and addressing of challenges in this area.

Further information on Athena SWAN can be found here.

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2011 2019

Open Access
social change
human rights
twentieth century

Sex/Gender is Fluid, What Now for Feminism and International Human Rights Law? A Call to Queer the Foundations

McNeilly, K., May 2019, Research Handbook on Feminist Engagement with International Law. Harris Rimmer, S. & Ogg, K. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Judging the Singular: Towards a Contingent Practice of Improvisation in Law

McNeilly, K., Stapleton, P. & Ramshaw, S. (Guest ed.), 03 Apr 2018, In : Critical Studies in Improvisation. 12, 1, 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Northern Ireland and Abortion Law Reform

McNeilly, K., Bloomer, F. & Pierson, C., Oct 2018, Ulster University. 11 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
law reform


Hart-SLSA Early Career Prize Shortlist

Kathryn McNeilly (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

human rights

Leverhulme Research Fellowship 2019-20

Kathryn McNeilly (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

human rights

SLSA Seminar Competition Award

Kathryn McNeilly (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

human rights

Activities 2014 2019

Liverpool Law Review (Journal)

Kathryn McNeilly (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Calling Time at the Bar: Helena Normanton and Her Challenge to the Legal Profession – School of Law International Women's Day Celebration

Kathryn McNeilly (Organiser)
08 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Peggy Phelan

Kathryn McNeilly (Host)
26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Edinburgh-Glasgow International Law Workshop

Kathryn McNeilly (Participant)
08 Apr 201910 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Memory Studies (Journal)

Kathryn McNeilly (Peer reviewer)
May 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Press / Media

What Feminism Can Teach Us About Alterity and Law on Mars

Kathryn McNeilly


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

CEDAW and Northern Ireland Abortion Law

Kathryn McNeilly


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities