Rebecca Thorburn Stern

Professor at Department of Law, Professors, Instructors, Researchers

+4618-471 7432
Mobile phone:
+46 70 8687805
Visiting address:
Trädgårdsgatan 20
SE-753 09 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 512
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Professor of Public International Law. Main research interests include human rights law with a particular focus on the human rights of children, asylum and migration law, and the relationship and interaction between international and national law. Member of the steering group and former coordinatior of the Gothenburg Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network GL/UMIN and head of the Migration Law research group at the Faculty of Law.

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

Internal appointments

Steering committee member, Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN)

Member, Faculty of Law Faculty Board

External appointments (selection)

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)

Doctoral supervision

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

The Convention on the Rights of the Child as domestic law: does it make a difference for children seeking asylum? (2016-2020)

The main aim of the research project is to analyse the importance of the legal status of the CRC in domestic law for the implementation in practice of the right established by the Convention for asylum-seeking children. Focus lies in particular on the consequences of incorporation. The project is funded by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.

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.2022-2024.

Medical evidence in asylum procedures

Funded by Nordforsk. For more information, see Nordasil homepage 2021-2024.

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):

- 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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Rebecca Thorburn Stern