Mrs Kate Jones

Director, Foreign Service Programme


Kate Jones is a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Kellogg College and a member of the Senior Common Room at St Antony’s.  A lawyer and a diplomat, her interests lie in diplomacy, public international law and human rights law.  

Kate read law at Somerville College, Oxford, then trained and qualified as a commercial litigation solicitor in the City of London.  During this period she spent several months at the Court of Appeal, as judicial assistant to Lord Bingham (then Lord Chief Justice) and Baroness Butler-Sloss.  She returned to Oxford to take the BCL, focusing on public international law and human rights law, before joining the legal cadre of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). 

During her time with the FCO, Kate served in London as an Assistant Legal Adviser and Legal Researcher, advising the British Government on, among other topics, human rights law, humanitarian law, diplomatic law, the law on counter-terrorism, and the law relating to the British Overseas Territories.  She also spent 3.5 years in Geneva as Legal Adviser to the UK Mission to the United Nations, focusing on human rights, international humanitarian law and the UN Compensation Commission; and 3.5 years in Strasbourg as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, where her human rights and legal affairs portfolio included acting as UK negotiator of the Brighton Declaration on reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

Kate has been Director of the Foreign Service Programme since September 2015.  In addition, she researches aspects of diplomacy, international humanitarian law and international human rights law.


Foreign Service Programme - Diplomatic Practice

BCL - Human rights in armed conflict


K Jones, 'Humanitarian Action and Non-state Armed Groups: The UK Regulatory Environment' (2017) Chatham House

K Jones and Jean-Pierre Gauci, 'Conference Report: The Role of Legal Advisers in International Law' in Andraž Zidar and Jean-Pierre Gauci (eds), The Role of Legal Advisers in International Law (BRILL 2016)

K Jones, 'Marking Foreign Policy by Justice: The Legal Advisers to the Foreign Office, 1876 – 1953' in McCorquodale and Gauci (eds), British Influences on International Law, 1915-2015 (BRILL 2016)

K Jones, 'Deportations with Assurances: Addressing Key Criticisms' (2008) 57 International Comparative Law Quarterly 183