Kate Jones

Director, Foreign Service Programme


Kate is Director of the University’s Diplomatic Studies Programme.  Her interests lie in diplomacy, public international law and human rights law. Her research and publications focus on human rights law and online political discourse, counter-terrorism, human rights and sanctions law.

Kate’s background is as a diplomat and lawyer with the legal cadre of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  At the FCO she advised 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 was Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom’s Mission to the United Nations in Geneva and the United Kingdom’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, 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.  She originally qualified as a commercial litigation solicitor in the City of London, and after qualification spent several months as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

Kate is a fellow of Kellogg College and an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub.  She completed both her undergraduate and her postgraduate studies in law at Somerville College, and was formerly a member of the Senior Common Room at St Antony’s.

Research Interests

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