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, and has held visiting positions at the Universities of Melbourne, New South Wales, Otago, and Texas Tech University.

Kathryn's research focuses on children's rights in the youth justice system, and she has published widely in this area.  Kathryn's research currently focused on two areas: children's rights in youth justice and children's rights judgments. Kathryn is especially interested in theorising children's rights in the context of youth justice, as well as judicial approaches to children's rights. Kathryn is the co-director(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 is first co-editor with Helen Stalford, and with Stephen Gilmore (KCL) of Rewriting Children's Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice (Hart, 2017).  This second stage of the project is focused on how judges communicate directly to children through their judgments and, in the criminal context, through their sentencing remarks.

 Kathryn is also involved in a range of advisory activities relating to her work on children's rights in youth justice. She 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; on the strategic policy and litigation advisory committee of the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) 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 CRAE). She is also on the steering group of the Youth Justice Board's academic advisory network.

Most recently, Kathryn has taught public law and family law, and welcomes PGR students with an interest in children's rights, youth justice, and judging.


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. 

Kathryn's research focuses on children's rights in the youth justice system, and she has published widely in this area.  Kathryn's research currently focused on two areas: children's rights in youth justice and children's rights judgments. Kathryn is especially interested in theorising children's rights in the context of youth justice, as well as judicial approaches to children's rights. Kathryn is the co-director(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 is first co-editor with Helen Stalford, and with Stephen Gilmore (KCL) of RewritingChildren's Rights Judgments: From Academic Vision to New Practice (Hart, 2017).  This second stage of the project is focused on how judges communicate directly to children through their judgments and, in the criminal context, through their sentencing remarks.

 Kathryn is also involved in a range of advisory activities relating to her work on children's rights in youth justice. She 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; on the strategic policy and litigation advisory committee of the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) 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 CRAE). She is also on the steering group of the Youth Justice Board's academic advisory network.

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  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. 

Postgraduate Supervision

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

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Public Law

Family Law 

Publications