Kathryn Wright



Dr Kathryn Wright
LLB (Kent), Dip (Amsterdam), MA (Lancaster), PhD (UEA), PGCAP (York)

Senior Lecturer

I joined York Law School in 2010. During 2018 I was a Parliamentary Academic Fellow from January to August providing support and advice to the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee on the UK's future relationship with the EU. In 2014 I was a visiting fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and at iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen. Previously I taught at the University of East Anglia, where I was a Research Associate in the multidisciplinary ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP). Before entering academia I worked at the European Parliament and in a law firm.

Departmental roles

  • Regulation, Decision & Scrutiny research cluster convener
  • Athena SWAN lead



  • European Union administrative law and governance         
  • Regulation and competition       
  • The role of courts       
  • Law and linguistics


  • Brexit-related research:
    • Managing regulatory divergence in the UK's future relationship with the EU (including an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account grant to support a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship)
    • The UK's relationship with EU regulatory agencies and networks
    • The role of interested parties in the scrutiny of secondary legislation arising from the EU Withdrawal Act
  • Courts and European regulatory networks


Selected publications

Please see a full list of my publications, other outputs and activities in the York research database

  • 'Taking Back Control? Appeals to the People in the Aftermath of the UK's Referendum on EU Membership' (2016) Costituzionalismo
  • ‘The Ambit of Judicial Competence After the EU Antitrust Damages Directive’ (2016) 43(1) Legal Issues of Economic Integration 15-40  
  • ‘The EU Rules on Standing in Merger Cases: Should Firms Have to Demonstrate “Harm to Competition”?’ (2011) 36(4) European Law Review 500-523 (with M Hviid & M Harker)  
  • ‘The European Commission’s Own ‘Preliminary Reference Procedure’ in Competition Cases?’ (2010) 16(6) European Law Journal 736-759   
  • ‘Bringing Regulatory Processes Back In: The Reform of EU Antitrust and Merger Control’ (2009) 32(4) West European Politics 738-755 (with H Kassim)



  • European Union Law
  • Competition Law – module leader


  • Legal Systems - module leader
  • European Competition Law - module leader

External activities


  • International Society for Public Law (ICON-S)       
  • European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)      
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)        
  • UK Association for European Law (UKAEL)       
  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)        
  • Invited associate member of ESRC Centre for Competition Policy 2012-        

Other Roles

  • White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Socio-Legal Local Pathway Leader 2012-2015        
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) co-convener of EU stream 2013-2015

Contact details

Dr Kathryn Wright
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5816