Dr Kate Wilkinson Cross

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: Leicester De Montfort University Law School, Hugh Aston, Room 6.95, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8950

E: kate.wilkinson@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Kate joined Leicester De Montfort University Law School in January 2016. She received her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2016, which focused on ecofeminism, international environmental law and security.

Her current research interests include the commodification of the environment as a mechanism for its protection, and the treatment of the environment by the International Court of Justice. She is further developing her work on ecofeminist theory and international law, and the securitisation of non-traditional threats, such as the environment in wider international discourse.

Kate obtained her LLB at the University of Sussex before moving to Sheffield to complete an LLM in International and European Law in 2008. Prior to commencing her PhD, she worked in a professional capacity in a regional law firm.

Kate teaches at undergraduate and post-graduate level. She is module leader for International Law, International Environmental Law and Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights. She co-leads the Gender and the Law module. Previous teaching experience includes Constitutional and Administrative Law, Family Law, Contract Law, and Foundations of Law.  

Publications and outputs 


Key research outputs

Wilkinson, K (2018), ‘A Case for an Ecofeminist Critique of International Environmental Law’ (Working Title), in Douglas Vakoch and Sam Mickey (eds) Ecofeminism in Dialogue (forthcoming)

Wilkinson K, ‘Is this the Future We Want? An Ecofeminist comment on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Outcome Document’ in Kim Rubenstein and Katie Young (eds), En/Gendering Governance: From the Local to the Global (Cambridge University Press 2016)

Wilkinson K, ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services and the Green Economy: Green Washing or Something New?’ (2014) 5(2) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, pp 168-191

Wilkinson K, ‘Book Review: International Environmental Law (Ulrich Beyerlin and Thilo Marauhn, Hart, 2011)’ (2011) 19(5) Environmental Liability 194

Research interests/expertise

I am interested to hear from potential students across my key research interests of international environmental law and feminist theory. I am particularly interested in the following topics:
  • Commodification of the environment in international law
  • Ecofeminism and feminist theory
  • The treatment of the environment and marginalised communities within international environmental regimes
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Securitisation of non-traditional threats and environmental security


Areas of teaching


  • LLMP3037 International Law
  • LLMP3028 Gender and the Law


  • LLMP5222 International Environmental Law
  • LLMP5322 Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights


  • LLB (University of Sussex)
  • LLM (University of Sheffield)
  • PhD (University of Sheffield)

Courses taught


Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (member)
  • European Society of International Law (member)
  • UK Environmental Law Association (member)
  • International Law Association British Branch (member)

Conference attendance

Wilkinson Cross K ‘Critiquing the Ideologies that Inform the Development of International Environmental Law’ (Leicester - Modena Conference: A Dialogue on Law and Rights, Modena, 20-21 April 2017)

Wilkinson Cross K ‘Observations from the Negotiating Floor: Indigenous Rights at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Biodiversity Convention’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne 5-7 April 2017)

Wilkinson Cross K ‘Critiquing Ideologies in International Environmental Law’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6-7 April 2017)

Wilkinson K ‘International Environmental Law through an Ecofeminist Lens: Are contemporary responses to environmental problems masking the North-South Divide?’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster, 5-7 April 2016)

Wilkinson K and Ali A ‘Gender Mainstreaming in International Law: Case Studies on women, religion and the environment’ (Troubling Gender: The Question of Multiple Identities, University of Sheffield, May 2013)

Wilkinson K ‘The Convergence of Past and Present: Or, How my life experience informs my research’ (Post-Graduate Research Day at the University of Sheffield School of Law, Sheffield, May 2013)

Wilkinson K ‘An Accidental Meeting of Past and Present’ (Work in Progress Seminar, The Gender Network, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, April 2013)

Wilkinson K ‘Equality, Gender & The Future We Want (2012): an Ecofeminist comment on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development’ (UCL-KCL Postgraduate Environmental Law Symposium, UCL, London, October 2012)

Wilkinson K ‘What can Ecofeminism Contribute towards Multilateral Global Governance within the Environment?’ (6th CIPL Workshop, Connecting International and Public Law, En/Gendering Governance: From the Local to the Global, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia, August 2012)

Wilkinson K ‘An Ecofeminist Critique of Contemporary Multilateral Environmental Agreements’ (Poster presented at the 1st Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 2012)

Wilkinson K ‘Using Ecofeminism as a Critical Perspective’ (Post-Graduate Research Day, University of Sheffield Law School, Sheffield, May 2012)

Wilkinson K ‘Assumptions of Violence in Gender-Mainstreaming Practices’ (Violence Symposium, Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, January 2012)

Wilkinson K ‘Environmental Security: A comment on policy development and academic criticism’ (Post-Graduate Research Day, University of Sheffield Law School, Sheffield, May 2011)


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