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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: - Human rights theory and practice - Legal theory - Feminist legal studies


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Research Interests

Kathryn is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law. Her research intersects the areas of international human rights law and legal theory. Her work undertakes engagements with the theory and practice of human rights. Kathryn's recent research has explored how ideas of time and temporality can be used as tools to better understand the work of 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 Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the University of British Columbia, funded by the County Antrim Grand Jury Bursary, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies at 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 editoriship 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 also an Associate with Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Kathryn's 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.


Kathryn is the 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.

As Athena SWAN Champion Kathryn led development of the School's artwork installation and companion text 'Women in Law: It's Hard to Be What You Can't See' in collaboration with local artist, Susie Rea.

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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