Katherine Wade

Katherine Wade photographLecturer
Email: katherine.wade@le.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2368

Personal Details

BCL (National University of Ireland, Galway), LLM (University College Cork), PhD (University College Cork).

I joined Leicester Law School in September 2017.  I hold a BCL from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and an LLM and PhD from University College Cork. Prior to my appointment, I was a post-doctoral research associate at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King’s College London, where I worked on a Wellcome Trust project entitled “The Donation and Transfer of Human Reproductive Materials” and was module leader for Medical Law.

My research and teaching interests lie in medical law and ethics, family law, children’s rights, human rights and research ethics. The focus of my current research is on issues which affect children in medical and family law and I aim to interrogate these issues from a perspective based on international children’s rights law and theory. I am particularly interested in developing a framework for decision-making for babies and young infants based on international human rights law. My post-doctoral work focused on the impact of domestic and inter-country surrogacy on the rights of children and my PhD examined the ethical and legal issues arising from the involvement of neonates and young infants in clinical trials.

I have published research in leading journals in my areas such as the Medical Law Review, the Child and Family Law Quarterly and the European Journal of Health Law. I have been a visiting scholar at a number of institutions in Europe and the US including the Brocher Foundation, Geneva, St Louis Law School, Missouri and Emory Law School, Atlanta. In March 2014, I was a Yale-Hastings Visiting Researcher. I have also been invited as an expert to conferences on bioethics and children’s rights at the Council of Europe in 2015 and 2016.

Research Interests

  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Family Law
  • Children's Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Research Ethics

Current Teaching

  • Family Law (LLB)
  • Medical Law (LLB)
  • Tort (LLB)


  • U. Kilkelly and K. Wade, “Children’s Health Rights in a European Legal Context” in J. Dorscheidt and J. Hubben, eds., Children’s Rights in Health Care (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
  • K. Wade, “The Legal Regulation of Surrogacy in the UK: A Children’s Rights Perspective” (2017) 29(2) Child and Family Law Quarterly 113-131.  Open access version
  • K. Wade, “Caesarean Section Refusal in the Irish Courts: HSE v B and Baby B” (2017) 25(3) Medical Law Review 494-504.
  • K. Wade, “Defining the Threshold of Permissible Risk for Non-Therapeutic Clinical Trials with Children in Europe” (2017) 24 European Journal of Health Law 1-18.  Open access version
  • K. Wade, “Governance of Research Ethics Committee in Ireland: Reform and Recommendations” (2016) 22(1) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland 18-28.
  • K. Wade, “Children in Clinical Trials in Ireland: Addressing the Gaps in the Regulatory Framework” in M. Donnelly and C. Murray, eds., Ethical and Legal Debates in Irish Healthcare: Confronting Complexities (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016) 163-176.
  • K Wade “Refusal of Emergency Caesarean Section in Ireland: A Relational Approach” (2014) 22(1) Medical Law Review 1-25.
  • K. Wade and A. Antonmaria, “Inducing HIV Remission in Neonates: Child Rights and Research Ethics” (2016) 58(3) Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 348-354.
  • K. Wade, I. Melamed and J. Goldhagen, “The Severely Impaired Neonate and the Convention on the Rights of the Child” (2016) 58(3) Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 332-340.


Law School lecturer presents at UN Committee

Law School lecturer presents at UN Committee

Posted by ab98 at Feb 06, 2019 02:15 PM |

Lecturer in Law, Katherine Wade presented her research to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 5 February 2019

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