Kate is Director of the University’s Foreign Service Programme.  A lawyer and a diplomat, her interests lie in diplomacy, public international law and human rights law.

Kate read law at Somerville, then trained and qualified as a commercial litigation solicitor in London.  During this period she spent several months at the Court of Appeal, as judicial assistant to Lord Bingham (then Lord Chief Justice) and Baroness Butler-Sloss.  She then returned to Oxford to take the BCL, focusing on public international law and human rights law, before joining the legal cadre of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

During her time with the FCO, Kate served in London as an Assistant Legal Adviser and Legal Researcher, advising the British Government on, among other topics, human rights law, humanitarian law, diplomatic law, the law on counter-terrorism, and the law relating to the British Overseas Territories.  She also spent 3.5 years in Geneva as Legal Adviser to the UK Mission to the United Nations, focusing on human rights, international humanitarian law and the UN Compensation Commission; and 3.5 years in Strasbourg as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, where her human rights and legal affairs portfolio included acting as UK negotiator of the Brighton Declaration on reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

Kate took up her current position in September 2015.


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Law and diplomacy; human rights law; law of armed conflict; diplomacy

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