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Miss Katie Morris

LLM International Development Law and Human Rights, LLB (Hons)

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Member of the Durham Law School  


Katie is a PhD Candidate, Part-time Tutor of Trusts Law and Foundation Fellow. She returned to Durham University, where she graduated with a First-Class degree in Law (LLB), after obtaining a Distinction in International Development Law and Human Rights (LLM) at the University of Warwick. Katie was awarded a Durham Law School PhD Studentship and is a previous recipient of the University of Warwick’s Law School LLM Scholarship for Outstanding Students.

Current Research

Katie’s primary research interest is in the right to food. Her PhD is a continuation of her LLM dissertation, in which she examined the impact of the intersection of class and race upon child food security prior to, and during, the COVID-19 pandemic. Katie’s thesis similarly explores the systemic inequalities in access to food in the UK, examining the effect of the state’s austerity measures upon racialised minorities, children, women and people with disabilities. She engages with live issues including the commodification of food and the subsequent rise in food banks, particularly amongst the cost of living crisis. Her research seeks to investigate the potential utility of introducing a care ethics framework into the right to food to improve the latter’s realisation within the UK and to redress the aforementioned disparities in the current enjoyment of the right.

Research Groups

Human Rights and Public Law Centre

Centre for Law and Philosophy

Research interests

  • Right to Food
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Care Ethics

Research groups

  • Durham Centre for Law and Philosophy


Book review

  • Morris, Katie (2022). Responsive Human Rights: Vulnerability, Ill-Treatment and the ECtHR. European Human Rights Law Review (4): 435-436.

Conference Paper

  • Morris, Katie (2022), Food Oppression in the United Kingdom: A study of structural race and income-based health inequalities, SLS-sponsored Collaborative Workshop for PhD Students and Early Career Researchers in Labour Law, Migration & Asylum, Human Rights, and Public Law. University of Bristol, England.
  • Morris, Katie (2022), Young and Hungry: School Meal Policies and Children's Right to Food in the UK and Ireland, ESRAN-UKI June 2022 Conference. University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • Morris, Katie (2022), Faces of Hunger: An Intersectional Approach to Children's Right to Food in the UK, SLSA Annual Conference 2022. University of York, England.

Journal Article

  • Morris, Katie (Forthcoming). Faces of Hunger: An Intersectional Approach to Children's Right to Food in the UK. Journal of Law and Society

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Morris, Katie (2022). From Master's thesis to journal article: Reflections on my experience publishing with the JLS. Journal of Law and Society Blog.