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Kate Leader



Dr Kate Leader
BA Hons (USYD), PhD (USYD), LLM (Birkbeck, University of London), PhD (LSE)


I joined York Law School in September 2017 having previously been an Associate Lecturer in the Law School at Birkbeck from 2013-2017, lecturing in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I was also a graduate teaching assistant at the LSE Law department, teaching International Criminal Justice, International Human Rights Law, Criminal Law and Introduction to Law and Society. Prior to this I was a lecturer in Theatre Studies at Birkbeck from 2012-2015, as well as guest lecturer and tutor in theatre and performance at the University of Sydney (2005-2008).

I hold a PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), a BA (Hons I) and PhD in Arts (Performance Studies) from the University of Sydney and an LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from Birkbeck, University of London. 



My primary area of research is people who represent themselves in court. I also conduct research in socio-legal studies more broadly, as well as criminal and international criminal justice. I have a particular interest in interdisciplinary work in law and the humanities, with a specialisation in law and performance.

My most recent PhD, completed at the Law department at the LSE, focuses on Litigants in Person and their experiences in the civil justice system. This is an empirical research project that draws on oral history interviews conducted with individuals who have acted as LiPs to better understand their encounters with the legal system.

My LLM research at Birkbeck, University of London, focused on international criminal justice, with a particular concentration on the International Criminal Court as an institution and how it constructs, imagines and understands its audiences.

My first PhD was in the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney and was an interdisciplinary piece of research analysing the adversarial criminal trial as a form of performance. This PhD examined the value of live evidence testing and the potential effect that technological changes such as remote testimony might have, with a particular focus on sexual assault proceedings and vulnerable witnesses.



  • Advanced Legal Skills
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Subject Leader: Criminal Law


  • International Criminal Justice (LLM)

External activities


  • Oral History Society
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Contact details

Dr Kate Leader
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5748