Katharina Ó Cathaoir

Katharina Ó Cathaoir

Assistant professor

  • Centre for Legal Studies in Welfare and Market

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, Søndre Campus, Building: 5C.2.26

    Phone: +45 35 32 81 33

Katharina Ó Cathaoir, PhD, specialises in the interplay between health law and human rights. She is principal investigator of a project mapping legal responses to COVID-19 funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Katharina also contributes to several interdisciplinary projects spanning obesity provision, genomic medicine, data sharing and use of algorithms in treatment and research: Governing Obesity, MeinWe, EU Stands for PM and PM Heart. 

Katharina holds a PhD in law (University of Copenhagen, 2017), LL.M. in International and Comparative law (Trinity College Dublin, 2012) and BCL in Law and Irish from University College Cork (2011).

Katharina's PhD degree (2017) analysed the extent to which children have a right to freedom from obesogenic marketing, and the corresponding obligations on states, individuals and companies. Her research was part of the interdisciplinary project Governing Obesity.

Since 2017, Katharina has been employed as a postdoctoral researcher within an interdisciplinary project: Personalized Medicine in the Danish Welfare State (MeInWe). Her research explores the dominant legal and ethical principles surrounding the introduction of personalized medicine, namely, informed consent, self-determination and solidarity. She is particularly interested in the legal issues surrounding genetic analysis and children.


Katharina is course responsible and lecturer in Health and Human Rights (LLM/ KA fag).

She teaches and supervises in Sundhedsret (Danish Health Law) as well as Individets Grundlæggende Rettigheder (Human Rights)

Fields of interest

Health law, International human rights law, child law

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