Kate has postgraduate qualifications in international law and human rights law. She holds a Master of Laws (with Distinction) (University of London, (UCL)) (1991), Master of Laws (University of Technology, Sydney) (1997) and Diploma of International Human Rights Law (European University Institute, Florence Italy) (1999) for specialist short course studies in European Human Rights Law.
Kate has taught a number of international human rights law subjects at an undergraduate and postgraduate level for 20 years.
From 1995 – 1998, Kate was a Senior Legal Officer with the then Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. She undertook complex advice work on human rights, administrative law, privacy, discrimination and international law touching on all aspects of the Commission’s functions. She regularly appeared as counsel assisting the Commission and also in ADJR Act/ judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court.
Her practice at the NSW Bar includes advising on international human rights law issues in a wide range of contexts for government, corporations, NGOs and individuals. She has a particular interest in business and human rights.
Over the past 17 years as a barrister, Kate has appeared in many proceedings involving a wide range of human rights issues. Her recent High Court appearances include:
- Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory  HCA 55
- Magaming v The Queen  HCA 40
- Maloney v Queensland  HCA 28