Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth
Professor of Law
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- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7613
- Address: Newcastle Law School
Newcastle upon Tyne
Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth is a graduate of the University of Sheffield (BA (Hons), Tolley Publishing Prize for the highest law degree) and the University of Cambridge (PhD) (AHRC scholar). She previously held full-time academic positions at King's College London, the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the University of Cardiff. In 2011-12 she was a visiting professor at the Universities of Melbourne, New South Wales and Otago; and in 2016 she was a visiting professor again at the University of Melbourne and at Texas Tech University.
Kathryn's research focuses on children's rights in the youth justice system, and she has published widely in this area. She is currently working on a monograph to be published with Hart Publishing, entitled Children, Rights and Criminal Justice. This book theorises children's rights in the criminal justice system and applies that theorisation to the English youth justice system. Kathryn is also involved in a range of advisory activities relating to her work on children's rights in youth justice, and is a Trustee for Just for Kids Law; on the steering group for the Youth Justice Legal Centre (http://www.yjlc.uk/); a member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice; and in 2015 she was academic advisor and author of the youth justice and civil liberties section of the NGO alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (co-ordinated by the Children's Rights Alliance for England).
Kathryn is also the co-ordinator (with Professor Helen Stalford of Liverpool University) of the AHRC-funded Children's Rights Judgment Project, a collaboration of 62 scholars from across the globe. As part of this project she will be editing a book (also to be published by Hart) with Helen Stalford and Stephen Gilmore (KCL) entitled Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice.
Within the Law School, Kathryn teaches public law, and has held a number of positions including Director of Learning and Teaching and UG Degree Programme Director. She was responsible (with Jenny Johnson) for setting up the Street Law Project, and also the Legacare pro bono scheme. In 2015, Kathryn organised (with Nikki Godden) the Inspirational Women of the Law event and photographic exhibition (www.iwlaw.uk).
Within the University, Kathryn acts as the theme champion for children and young people for the Institute of Social Renewal (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/socialrenewal/) and as part of that role has established the Children and Young Person's research hub (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/about/). She is the Chair of NU Women Network, the Newcastle University network for women employees (https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/nuwomen/). Kathryn acts as a mentor for other women in the University and sits on the faculty promotions committee.
Just for Kids Law, Board of Trustees
Youth Justice Legal Centre (steering committee)
The Standing Committee for Youth Justice
Children’s Right Alliance for England (including membership on the Strategy, Policy and Litigation group)
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
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 widely in this area and is currently working on a book, to be published by Hart, entitled Children, Rights and Criminal Justice. This book theorises children's rights in the criminal justice system and applies that theorisation to the English youth justice system.
Kathryn is involved in a range of advisory activities relating to her work on children's rights in youth justice, and is a member of the steering group for the Youth Justice Legal Centre (http://www.yjlc.uk/), the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, and in 2015 she was academic advisor and author of the youth justice and civil liberties section of the NGO alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (co-ordinated by the Children's Rights Alliance for England). She is also the co-ordinator (with Professor Helen Stalford of Liverpool University) of the AHRC-funded Children's Rights Judgment Project, a collaboration of 62 scholars from across the globe. As part of this project she will be editing a book (also to be published by Hart) with Helen Stalford and Stephen Gilmore (KCL) entitled Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice.
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). She 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 welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision in the areas of youth justice, children's rights, family law, and public law
- Hollingsworth K. The Utility and Futility of International Rights Standards for Children in Conflict with the Law: The Case of England. In: Weber L; Fishwick E; Marmo M, ed. Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Abingdon: Routledge, 2016.
- Hollingsworth K. Judging Children's Rights and the Benefits Cap: R (SG and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2015, 27(4), 445-466.
- Hollingsworth K. Assuming Responsibilty for Incarcerated Children: A Rights Case for Care-Based Homes. Current Legal Problems 2014, 67(1), 99-134.
- Hollingsworth K. Re-imagining Justice for Children: A new Rights-based Approach to Youth Justice. The Howard League for Penal Reform: Social Justice, Human Rights and Penal Policy Working Papers 2014, (10/2014), 15.
- Hollingsworth K. Bright lines and best interests: children, age and rights in police detention: R (HC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2014, 26(1), 78-98.
- Hollingsworth K. Theorising Children's Rights in Youth Justice: The Significance of Autonomy and Foundational Rights. Modern Law Review 2013, 76(6), 1046-1069.
- Hollingsworth K. 'Teorizando los Derechos de los Niños dentro de la Justicia Juvenil: El Significado de la Autonomía y los Derechos Fundacionales'. (Spanish translation of 'Theorising Children's Rights in Youth Justice: The Significance of Autonomy and Foundational Rights', available from author and the Public Defender's Office of Chile, first published in (2013) 76(6) MLR 1046–1069) 2014.
- Hollingsworth K. Children and the Criminal Law. In: Bainham, A., Gilmore, S, ed. Children: The Modern Law. Bristol: Jordan Publishing Ltd, 2013.
- Hollingsworth K. Securing responsibility, achieving parity? The legal support for children leaving custody. Legal Studies 2013, 33(1), 22-45.
- Hollingsworth K. Youth justice reform in the 'big society'. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 2012, 34(2), 245-259.
- Hollingsworth K. Breaking the Cycle: Future Reform of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales. Chronicle: International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates 2011, (July), 59-63.
- Hollingsworth K. Children's Rights and the Developing Law by Jane Fortin and Children's Rights in Scotland edited by Elaine E. Sutherland and Alison Cleland. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2010, 22(3), 366.
- Driscoll J, Hollingsworth K. Accommodating Children in Need: R (M) v Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2008, 20(4), 522-540.
- Hollingsworth K. Protecting Rights at the Margins of Youth Justice in England and Wales: Intensive Fostering, Custody and Leaving Custody. Youth Justice: An International Journal 2008, 8(3), 229-244.
- Hollingsworth K. Judicial Approaches to Children's Rights in Youth Crime. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2007, 19(1), 42-59.
- Hollingsworth K. Protecting the rights of children leaving custody: R (on the application of K) v Parole Board and R (on the application of K) v Manchester City Council. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 2007, 29(2), 163-175.
- Hollingsworth K. 'Responsibility and Rights: Children and their Parents in the Youth Justice System’. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 2007, 21, 190-219.
- Hollingsworth K. R (on the Application of W) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis; the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames – interpreting child curfews: a question of rights?. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2006, 18(2), 253-268.
- Lowe N, Hollingsworth K. The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. New Zealand: National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, 2005. New Zealand Country Report 4.1.
- Hollingsworth K. Speaking Loudly and Carrying a Small Stick? The New Zealand Commissioner for Children. Otago Law Review 2004, 10(4), 599-621.
- Hollingsworth K. A Reputation for Probity: The Work of the Audit Committee. In: Jones, J.B., Osmond, J, ed. Building a Civic Culture: Institutional Change, Policy Development and Political Dynamics in the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff: Institute of Welsh Affairs, 2002.
- Hollingsworth K. Connecting with Wider Wales: The Role of the Regional Committees. In: Jones, J.B., Osmond, J, ed. Building a Civic Culture: Institutional Change, Policy Development and Political Dynamics in the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff: Institute of Welsh Affairs, 2002.
- Hollingsworth K, Douglas G. Creating a children’s champion for Wales? The Care Standards Act 2000 (Part V) and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Act 2001. Modern Law Review 2002, 65(1), 58-78.
- Hollingsworth K. Regional Committees of the National Assembly for Wales –finding a role?. Wales Law Journal 2002, 372-386.
- White F, Hollingsworth K. Public Finance Reform: The Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000. Public Law 2001, 50-61.
- Hollingsworth K. Environmental Monitoring of Government: The Case for an Environmental Auditor. Legal Studies 2000, 20(2), 241-263.
- White F, Hollingsworth K. Audit, Accountability and Government. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.
- Hollingsworth K, White F, Harden I. Audit, Accountability and Independence: The Role of the Audit Commission. Legal Studies 1998, 18, 78-100.
- White F, Hollingsworth K. Resource Accounting and Budgeting: Constitutional Implications”. Public Law 1997, 437-445.
- Harden I, Hollingsworth K, White F. The Control and Audit of EC Spending. Auditorium 1996, 8-11.
- Harden I, White F, Hollingsworth K. Value for Money and Administrative Law. Public Law 1996, 661-681.