Katharina Ó Cathaoir

Katharina Ó Cathaoir

Associate Professor

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    Katharina Ó Cathaoir, PhD, is Associate Professor in Law, specialising in the interplay between health law and human rights. She is a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study.

    Research interests: Danish & global health law, big data & personalised medicine (esp. data gap, gender bias, EU law, non-discrimination, informed consent), prevention and treatment of non-communicable disease, rights of children, rights of older persons. 


    2021- DOCURA: Danish nursing home: between care, treament and digital documentation - project with Nete Schwennesen and Mette Birkedal Bruun funded with seed money from the new Copenhagen Centre for Public Policy

    2020-2021: PI of project mapping legal responses to COVID-19 funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. Focus on human rights, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland

    Since 2017, researcher in the interdisciplinary project: Personalized Medicine in the Danish Welfare State (MeInWe, led by Prof Mette Nordahl Svendsen). Focus on informed consent, solidarity, children's rights

    Since 2018: researcher in EU STANDS4PM. Focus on data sharing, GDPR, data access under Danish/ Nordic health law

    Since 2019: researcher in PM Heart

    2014-2017: PhD researcher in Governing Obesity - analysed the extent to which children have a right to freedom from obesogenic food marketing, and the corresponding obligations on states, individuals and companies.  

    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).

    *Selected Presentations*

    Vaccine Passports in Denmark, Deutsche Welle

    A Health and Human Rights Perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic - presentation for The Nordic Committee of bioethics
    Ó Cathaoir is co-author of Health and Human Rights: European & Global Perspectives, Intersentia, 2022.
    Her monograph entitled Children's Rights and Food Marketing: State Duties in Obesity Prevention, Intersentia is coming out this summer.
    *selected articles*
    • Ó Cathaoir, K, Gunnarsdóttir, HD & Hartlev, M 2021, 'The journey of research data: Accessing nordic health data for the purposes of developing an algorithm', Medical Law Internationalhttps://doi.org/10.1177%2F09685332211046179
    • Ó Cathaoir, K, Gunnarsdóttir, HD, Aasen, H, Kimmel, K-M, Lohiniva-Kerkelä, M, Rognlien, IG & Vahlne Westerhäll, L 2021, 'Older Persons and the Right to Health in the Nordics during COVID-19', European Journal of Health Law, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 417-444.
    • Ó Cathaoir, K. (2021). The invisible child of personalized medicine. Journal of Law and the Biosciences 8(2). https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsab029 
    • Mourby, M., Ó Cathaoir, K., & Collin, C. B. (2021). Transparency of machine-learning in healthcare: The GDPR & European health law. Computer Law & Security Review43https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2021.105611
    • Ó Cathaoir, K. E. (2018). Children’s Right to Freedom From Obesity: Responsibilities of the Food Industry. Nordic Journal of Human Rights36(2), 109-131. https://doi.org/10.1080/18918131.2018.1505090 
    • Ó Cathaoir, KE 2016, 'Childhood Obesity and the Right to Health', Health and Human Rights, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 249-262.
    Katharina sits on the board of Nordic PerMed Law and the advisory board of the European Journal of Social Security and European Journal of Health Law.


    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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