Newcastle Law School

Staff Profile

Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth

Professor of Law

Background

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.


Memberships

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

Research

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 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.    
 

Postgraduate Supervision

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

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Public Law

Publications