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Dr Kat Langley

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Senior Lecturer in Law

I am a trained court advocate and have acted on behalf of immigration and asylum claimants across all levels of the UK legal system including victims of gender-based violence, trafficking, and honour-based violence. I retrained to teach in the higher education sector and completed my PhD.

I am deeply committed to a skills-based, practical legal education. I have extensive experience across undergraduate and postgraduate courses and a passion for widening participation in legal education.

Teaching and supervision

I currently teach the following modules;

  • Family Law
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Law Clinic
  • Advanced Personal Injury Litigation
  • Law and Society
  • Dissertation

I have previously taught most LLB core modules, and have a special interest in teaching advocacy skills.

Research interests for potential research students

I can supervise many topics related to my own research and areas of expertise. Some ideas might be:

  • Refugee rights
  • Media and migration
  • International human rights in relation to refugees
  • International humanitarian protections
  • Legal education
  • Family law projects


PhD Thesis: Practitioners and the Refugee Convention 1951, is it time for a new legal framework?

Personal summary: “I feel that my greatest strengths are my deep commitment to research, particularly the impact that policy decisions have upon human rights and equality. I know from practice experience the damage which can be done when these rights go unsupported and inequality is unchallenged. My further research passions are in relation to legal education, and in particular, early career academics. My objective is that my research will influence policy changes in these areas.”


Number of items: 5.


Langley, Katherine (2024) Racism, Reporting and the ‘New Plan for Immigration’, an analysis of UK media and legal and practical implications. Journal of Immigration, Asylum & Nationality Law, 38 (1). pp. 50-66. ISSN 1746-7632

Langley, Katherine (2019) You are about to jump out of a plane... The Law Teacher: International Journal of Legal Education, 53 (4). pp. 524-535.

Book Section

Langley, Katherine (2023) The Value of Twitter in Building a Community of Students: Does This Go Toward or Against the Concept of ‘Human’ Students? In: Biopolitics and Resistance in Legal Education. Routledge, Oxford, pp. 61-74. ISBN 978-1-032-01604-7

Reports, briefing/ working papers

Wishart, Hannah/HW and Langley, Katherine (2023) Prevent, Surveil and Protect: The Fight against terrorism in the UK’ booklet culminating in the work produced by the 1.5 symposium in 2023. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.

Conference or Workshop Item

Wishart, Hannah and Langley, Katherine (2022) Digging at Dobbs – exploring the perspectives on Supreme Court decision and interdisciplinary teaching. In: University of Sunderland Research and Knowledge Exchange Conference, Jan 2023, The Fire Station, Sunderland. (Unpublished)

This list was generated on Tue Jun 25 18:14:19 2024 BST.
  • Refugee Law
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Education
  • Family Law and Practice

Twitter: @KatlLangley

I also run the University of Sunderland Mooting team. 

Additional roles:

  • Policy and Educational Developments Editor for The Law Teacher: International Journal of Legal Education
  • Membership Secretary for the Association of Law Teachers

Last updated 20 May 2024