Dr Katie Boyle

Associate Professor Int Human Rights Law

Law Stirling

Dr Katie Boyle

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Dr Katie Boyle is Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law. Her research address violations of economic, social and cultural rights. ESC rights relate to issues such as housing, health care, education, employment and social security.

Dr Boyle is currently Principal Investigator leading a UK wide project funded by the Nuffield Foundation (£338,000.00) to examine the accountability gap in access to justice for social rights in each of the UK's jurisdictions.

Katie was appointed as an expert on the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. The group's remit was to consider how Scotland can be an international leader in human rights and their recommendations are being implemented by a National Task Force. Katie advises the National Task Force as a member of their Academic Advisory Panel. Other recent expert appointments include Scotland's UNCRC Incorporation Advisory Group and working with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing on access to justice issues.

Dr Boyle has worked nationally and internationally on ESC rights during periods of constitutional transition including work funded by the British Academy in Colombia and Brazil. Her research is now being translated into Spanish as part of the Chilean constitutional referendum process. Her work has featured in reporting procedures to the UN and she has worked with national human rights institutions, including most recently with the Scottish Human Rights Commission on a project exploring the incorporation of international human rights law in Scotland. This work was endorsed by the Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Virginia-Bras Gomez.

Prior to joining Stirling Katie qualified as a constitutional lawyer with the Government Legal Service for Scotland before completing a PhD at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Previous appointments include ESRC Research Fellow, Centre for Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Roehampton, London.

Funded projects:

Nuffield Foundation 2019-2022 Access to Justice: Addressing the Accountability Gap

Scottish Human Rights Commission 2018-2019 Incorporation of International Human Rights into Domestic Law

Economic and Social Research Council 2016-2017 Human Rights in Transition: Impact for the UK in a Changing Europe