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Katharina Eva Ó Cathaoir

Katharina Eva Ó Cathaoir


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    Katharina is a PhD Fellow at the Centre for Welfare and EU Market Integration (WELMA). Her project is financed by Governing Obesity- an interdisciplinary project that seeks to find societal solutions to addressing obesity.

    Katharina’s research has two aims: firstly, it analyses regulations relating to marketing of high fat, salt and sugar foods to children with a view to establishing means of effective limits in line with WHO recommendations. Secondly, through analysis of international and European human rights law, the research seeks to establish to what extent children can be considered to have a right to be free from obesogenic marketing under the rights to health, food and play. Conversely, it explores how these rights can be balanced with opposing interests and rights of businesses and parents.

    During her PhD, Katharina has presented at a number of conferences, both legal and interdisciplinary. She has conducted research stays at the Norwegian Institute for Human Rights and the O'Neill Institute at Georgetown Law, Washington DC.

    Originally from Ireland, Katharina holds a degree in law and the Irish language from University College Cork (2011) and an LL.M. in International and Comparative law (Trinity College Dublin, 2012). As a student, Katharina interned for a number of law firms and non-governmental organisations. After graduation, she worked as a judicial researcher in the Irish courts. Following this, she moved to New York, to hold a temporary position as a legal advisor at Ireland's Permanent Mission to the United Nations.


    International human rights law, child law, health law, obesity, discrimination

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