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I am open to PhD supervision and have experience working with high quality students to secure external PhD scholarship funding in the following areas:
- International Human Rights Law
- Legal Theory
- Gender and Law


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Research Interests

Professor Kathryn McNeilly's research intersects the areas of international human rights law and international legal theory. Her work undertakes engagements with the theory and operation of international human rights. Kathryn's recent research has explored how ideas of time and temporality can be used as tools to better understand human rights law internationally.

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. In 2019-20 Kathryn was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to investigate 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 and she has held visiting scholarships at a number of institutions including the University of British Columbia, funded by the County Antrim Grand Jury Bursary, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, and the School of Law at the University of Birmingham.

Kathryn is a contributor to a number of collaborative research initiatives. These include editorship of an international edited collection titled The Times and Temporalities of International Human Rights Law (with Dr Ben Warwick, Hart: 2022).

Kathryn is an Editorial Board Member of leading UK journals Feminist Legal Studies and Human Rights Law Review. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy's Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee and a member of the Peer Review Colleges of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Kathryn has taught widely at UG and PGT levels across the areas of Legal Theory, International Human Rights Law, Equity, and Gender and the Law.


Kathryn has most recently undertaken the leadership role of Director of Research in the School of Law.

Her previous leadership roles include Athena SWAN Champion. 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.

Kathryn was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award for her work in this area at the Queen's Staff Excellence Awards 2018.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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