Kathryn McNeilly

    Kathryn McNeilly

    Senior Lecturer

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3454

    For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
    or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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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 politics 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. 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.

    You can follow Kathryn's research on Twitter and on academia.edu. Her work also features 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.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD supervison in the following areas:
    - Human rights theory and practice
    - Critical legal theory
    - Feminst legal theory
    - Queer theory and law

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