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Dr Stephanie Berry

Post:Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights Law (Law)
Other posts:Lecturer in Public Law (Sussex European Institute)

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UK:01273 678459
International:+44 1273 678459

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Stephanie Berry is a Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights Law at the University of Sussex (2018-), having previously been a Lecturer in Public Law (Sussex 2013-18). She is Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, Convenor of the Human Rights Law Clinic, and Convenor of the LLM in International Human Rights Law.  In June 2019, Steph was a visiting research fellow at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Ghent. 

She holds a PhD from Brunel University (2013), an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Lund University/Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (2008) and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Manchester (2003). She previously worked as an Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia (2011-13) and as a Research Assistant and Hourly Paid Lecturer at Brunel University (2008-11).

Steph has published widely in the field of international human rights law. Her research to date has focused on the human rights of religious and 'new' minorities in Europe under international law. 

She is actively involved in the work of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research; Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre and the FoRB & Foreign Policy Initiative 


Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights Law

Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research

Co-Convenor of LLM International Human Rights Law

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Engagement with the wider human rights community


Stephanie acted as a legal adviser on the case of SAS v France, heard by the European Court of Human Rights in November 2013, which challenged the so-called French 'burqa ban'. She has also been consulted in relation to a European Court of Human Rights case concerning the Danish ban on halal slaughter and judicial review proceedings related to caste discrimination.

Her work has been cited by both non-governmental organisations and experts in the United Nations. Furthermore, she has contributed to consultations with the OSCE/ODIHR, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Australian Parliament. In 2017, Stephanie wrote a briefing for Minority Rights Group International on 'Mainstreaming a minority rights-based approach to refugee and migrant communities in Europe'. 

Academic Engagement 

Stephanie has contributed to the European Journal of International Law's blog, EJIL:talk! and Oxford Human Rights Hub's blog

She has acted as a peer reviewer for a number of journals including: International Journal of Human Rights; International Journal on Minority and Group Rights; Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE); Journal of Law, Ethics and Human Rights; Law and Social Inquiry; Nordic Journal of Human Rights; and Religion and Human Rights. 

She is a Second Marker on the University of Oxford's, Department of Continuing Education's LLM in International Human Rights Law and an External Examiner for the MA in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science.