Rebecca Thorburn Stern
Professor of Public International Law. Main research interests include human rights law with a particular focus on children's rights, asylum/migration law, and the relationship between international and national law. Member of the steering group of the Gothenburg Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network GL/UMIN, head of the Migration Law research group at the Faculty of Law. As of August 2022, I am Research Director of the Uppsala Forum on Peace, Democracy and Justice (www.uppsalaforum.uu.se).
Keywords: human rights childrens rights child rights asylum law implementation international law migration law public international law human rights law refugee law
LL M 1998
Doctor of Laws, Public International Law 2006
Associate Professor, Public International Law 2014
Professor of Public International Law 2020
Steering committee member, Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN)
Member, Faculty of Law Faculty Board
External appointments (selection)
Research Director, Uppsala Forum for Democracy, Peace and Justice
Board member, Nordic Institute for Migration (NIM)
Board member, Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Board member, Scientific Advisory Board, Fores
Chair, Swedish Research Council Review Panel HS-D
The Martin H:son Holmdahl Scholarship for the promotion of human rights and liberty 2014
Democracy and Human Rights in a European Context (advanced course, Course Director)
Migration Law (advanced course, Course Director)
International Organisations (advanced course, teacher)
Term Course 6: Public Law, EU Law and International Law (teacher)
Main supervisor: Maria Bexelius (public international law, UU).
Assistant supervisor: Svea Andersson (public international law, UU), Lina Melén (private international law, UU), Lisa Kerker (public law, Lund University), Martina Reinius (public law, Umeå University).
Ongoing research projects (selected)
Treated Like a Child: Children and Age Discrimination Law in Sweden and the UK
Funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation. 2020-2023.
Is there consistency in evaluation of sexual orientation and gender identity refugee cases?
Funded by Forte.2021-2025. For more information, see https://kultgeog.uu.se/forskning/forskningsprojekt/cares/
Medical evidence in asylum procedures
Funded by Nordforsk (2021-2025). For more information, see https://www.nordforsk.org/sv/projects/nordic-refugee-determination-advancing-data-science-migration-law-nordasil.I am also currently working on a smaller project on the interpretation of Article 3 of the ECHR in the context of non-refoulement and health cases.
Previous research projects (selected):
The Convention on the Rights of the Child as domestic law: does it make a difference for children seeking asylum? Funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation (2016-2022).
- Implementation of Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - how is this adressed and explained by State parties and the CRC Committee? Partly financed by the Stockholm Centre for the Rights of the Child, Stockholm University. (2015-2017)
- Is it for real? Testing the genuine nature of a conviction or orientation in the context of the asylum process. Funded by the European Refugee Fund and the Swedish Migration Agency. (2013-2015)
- Overlapping protection or conflicting rules? A study of the concept of subsidiary protection in the context of Swedish law, EU law and international law. Funded by the Swedish Research Council. (2010-2012)
- What does it take to be granted protection and which protection ground should be selected? Funded by the European Refugee Fund and the Swedish Migration Agency. (2010-2011).
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