Mrs Kate Jones


Kate is Director of Oxford University’s Diplomatic Studies Programme and a member of the University’s Law Faculty.  Her interests lie in diplomacy, public international law and human rights law.  Her research and publications focus on counter-terrorism, human rights and sanctions law.

Kate’s background is as a diplomat and lawyer with the legal cadre of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  At the FCO she advised 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 served in Geneva as Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom’s Mission to the United Nations and in Strasbourg as the United Kingdom’s 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.  She originally qualified as a commercial litigation solicitor in the City of London, and after qualification spent several months as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.

Kate is a fellow of Kellogg College.  She completed both her undergraduate and her postgraduate studies in law at Somerville College, and was formerly a member of the Senior Common Room at St Antony’s.


Diplomatic Studies Programme – Diplomatic Practice, Public International Law

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