Kathryn McNeilly
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      Research Interests

      Kathryn's research interests intersect the areas of feminist and gender scholarship, critical legal theory and human rights. She is particularly interested in gendered/queer and critical engagements with the theoretical underpinnings, politics and practice of human rights. To date her work has been published in journals such as Feminist Legal Studies, the Australian Feminist Law Journal and Law and Critique. Kathryn is the author of a monograph entitled Human Rights and Radical Social Transformation: Futurity, Alterity, Power which has been shortlisted for the Hart-SLSA Early Career Prize in 2018.

      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. In this project Kathryn engaged in a feminist rewriting of the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal decision in Re Family Planning Association for Northern Ireland.

      Kathryn 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. The Advisory Group was established to provide expertise and knowledge on policy and legal matters related to reproductive rights and health; to facilitate discussions and knowledge transfer between academics, policy and law makers, health professionals and stakeholder groups; and to provide advice on policy and legal reform.

      You can follow Kathryn's research on Twitter and on academia.edu. Her work is also featured on a number of news/public engagement outlets, including articles in The Conversation and The Independent.


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

      Kathryn is currently co-ordinator for undergraduate Legal Theory (Level 3). She also teaches Equity at undergraduate (Level 2) and J.D. levels.

      She welcomes interest from potential PhD supervisees in the areas of human rights theory and practice, critical legal theory, gender/feminism and law, and queer theory and law.


      Kathryn is the Athena SWAN Champion for the School of Law.

      The SWAN Charter seeks to recognise and advance gender equality in Higher Education and research. It relates to women (and men where appropriate) in academic roles, professional and support staff roles and trans students and staff in relaion to their representation; the progression of students into academic; journey through career milestones; and working environment for all staff.

      Further information on Athena SWAN can be found here.


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