Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth
Professor of Law

Roles and Responsibilities

Management Board and theme champion (social justice and citizenship), Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal

Module co-ordinator, Public law (2010-)

 Co-ordinator Legacare pro bono scheme 


BA (Law) Hons (University of Sheffield) (First Class Hons)
PhD (Cantab) (AHRC Scholar)

Previous Positions

Kathryn Hollingsworth previously held full-time academic positions at King's College London, the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Cardiff.  She started her career as a researcher at the University of Sheffield and she was a Teaching Associate in Law at Queens' College, and a supervisor at Trinity Hall and Trinity College during her doctoral studies at Cambridge. 

In 2011-12 she was a visiting professor at the Universities of Melbourne, New South Wales and Otago.


The Standing Committee for Youth Justice 

Children’s Right Alliance for England

Strategic Litigation for the Rights of Children

Society of Legal Scholars

The British Society of Criminology

Socio-Legal Studies Association

The Howard League for Penal Reform

The National Association for Youth Justice

Research Interests

Kathryn Hollingsworth’s current research interests lie in the areas of children’s rights, youth justice and public law. She is particularly interested in the theorisation of children's rights in the youth justice context, and the intersection of public law, children’s rights, criminal law theory, and youth justice.  She has published a number of articles in this area and is currently working on a book, to be published by Hart, entitled Children, Rights and Criminal Justice. 

Prior to her work in children's rights and criminal justice, Kathryn published more generally in the area of constitutional and administrative law, in particular on the constitutional role of public sector audit (as part of a three year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust) and she is the co-author (with Fidelma White) of the leading book in this area, Audit, Accountability and Government (Oxford; Cavendish/OUP; 1999).  Kathryn has also written on other public sector ombudsman and was the recipient of research grants from the Canadian High Commission and the Nuffield Foundation which supported this research. 

Kathryn has given written and oral evidence to Regional Committees of the Welsh Assembly, to a UK Select Committee of the House of Commons, and to other Parliamentary Inquiries and Government Reviews.  She is an associate member of the Standing Committee on Youth Justice, and on the steering committees for a joint UNICEF/Newcastle City Council Children's Rights project and Just for Kids Law's Youth Justice Legal Centre.    

Kathryn is on the management board of the Newcastle Instititute for Social Renewal and in that role is the theme champion for social justice and citizenship.   


Postgraduate Supervision

Kathryn welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision in the areas of youth justice, children's rights, family law, and public law



Professional affiliations

Associate (academic) Member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice

Member of Children’s Right Alliance for England

Member of Strategic Litigation for the Rights of Children

Member of Society of Legal Scholars

Member of the British Society of Criminology

Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform

Member of the National Association for Youth Justice


Undergraduate Teaching

Public Law (module co-ordinator)
Criminal Law