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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 6.87, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8950




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, with a focus on the treatment of traditional knowledge and customs and legal pluralism. She is further developing her research interests in law and gender, the concept of ‘care’ in relation to the environment, 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. Her teaching experience includes Constitutional and Administrative Law, International Environmental Law, International Law, Family Law, Contract Law, and Foundations of Law.  

Publications and outputs 


Key research outputs

Wilkinson, K (2017), ‘A Case for an Ecofeminist Critique of International Environmental Law’ (Working Title), in Douglas Vakoch and Sam Mickey (eds) Ecofeminism in Dialogue (Currently with editors)

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

  • International Environmental Law
  • (Eco)feminist theory
  • Sustainable Development
  • Public International Law
  • Gender
  • Environmental Security

Areas of teaching

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • International Law
  • International Environmental Law


  • 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

6.1 Conference papers

‘International Environmental Law through an Ecofeminist Lens: Are contemporary responses to environmental problems masking the North-South Divide?’
SLSA Annual Conference
5-7 April 2016
University of Lancaster, UK

‘The Treatment of Women, Religion and The Environment in International Institutions: A Cultural Divide?’ (with Amal Ali)
Interactive Feminist Conference
24 May 2013
University of Sheffield, UK

‘An Accidental Meeting of Past and Present: How Ecofeminism has affected my research’
29 April 2013
University of Sheffield, UK

‘Equality, Gender & the Future We Want (2012): An Ecofeminist comment on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development’
UCL-KCL Postgraduate Law Symposium,
7 November 2012
University College London, UK

‘An Ecofeminist Critique of Contemporary Multilateral Environmental Agreements’
Contemporary Challenges of International Environmental Law Conference
28-29 June 2012
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

‘What Can Ecofeminism Contribute towards Multilateral Global Governance within the Environment?’
En/Gendering Governance: From the Local to the Global
8 August 2012
Australia National University, Australia

‘Assumptions of Violence in Gender-Mainstreaming Practices’
26 January 2012
University of Sheffield, UK  

‘Using Ecofeminism as a Critical Perspective’
15 May 2012
University of Sheffield, UK


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