Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth
Professor of Law

Roles and Responsibilities

Management Board and theme champion (social justice and injustice), 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

Visiting Professor: University of Melbourne (2011); University of New South Wales (2011); University of Otago (2011)

King's College London, Lecturer (2007-2009); Senior Lecturer (2009-2010)

University of Otago (New Zealand), Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (2002-2004); Visiting Lecturer (2006)

Queens' College Teaching Associate in Law (Cambridge) (2006)

Trinity Hall, Supervisor (2004-05)

Cardiff University, lecturer (1996-2002)

University of Sheffield, Research Assistant (1995-96)


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

Youth Justice; Criminal Justice; Children's Rights; Public Law

Current Work

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 application of theories of responsibility and children’s rights to the area of youth justice, 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. 

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 injustice.   


Previous Interests

Prior to her work in children's rights and criminal justice, Kathryn Hollingsworth 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 on public sector ombudsman. She is the co-author (with Fidelma White) of Audit, Accountability and Government (Oxford; Cavendish/OUP; 1999) as well as a number of articles in this area.  She has been the recipient of research grants from the Canadian High Commission and the Nuffield Foundation.

Postgraduate Supervision

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

Esteem Indicators

Invited to give oral evidence before the Environmental Audit Select Committee of the House of Commons on the environmental monitoring of Government (evidence given April 2000:

Audit, Accountability and Government quoted in Parliamentary debate and used to inform proposed law changes

Invited to give written evidence to the Review of Audit and Accountability for Central Government, headed by Lord Sharman

Invited to give oral presentations to two Regional Committees of the National Assembly for Wales, as part of the Assembly’s Internal Review of Procedures

Invited to give written evidence to the National Assembly for Wales internal review of procedures

Assistant editor, Legal Studies (1998-2002)

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


The Regional Committees of the National Assembly of Wales: Issues of Accountability and Participation. The Nuffield Foundation, Small Grant Scheme. £3260 (April 2000-01).

Environmental Monitoring of Government: The Canadian High Commission, Faculty Research Programme. $3000 cdn (April 1998-March 1999).

The Constitutional Role of Public Sector Audit: The Leverhulme Trust. (Sept 1996-June 1998), with Ian Harden and Fidelma White.

Undergraduate Teaching

Public Law (module co-ordinator)
Criminal Law