Research

Stephanie's research interests lie in the fields of international human rights law and international minority rights, in particular, freedom of religion, intercultural tolerance and dialogue, the rights of religious and 'new' minorities, multiculturalism and international law, racial and religious discrimination.

Stephanie's current research focuses on the impact of securitization on the protection and promotion of human rights. Her main research project explores how securitization impacts the European Court of Human Rights' decision making in cases concerning Islam. She is also interested in how human rights themselves have been securitized in Western Europe. 

Stephanie is willing to supervise PhD researchers in the fields of minority rights, migration, and freedom of religion.

 

Other Publications

 

Research Seminars/Conference Presentations 

 

  • (Invited) 'The ECtHR, Freedom of Religion and the Margin of Appreciation', presented at, The Kokkinakis Papers: Taking Stock of 25 years of ECHR Jurisprudence on Freedom of Religion or Belief Conference, Central European University, Budapest (May 17)
  • 'The Securitization of Islam in the European Court of Human Rights: Speech Acts, Brute Threats and Power-Dynamics', presented at 2017 AHRI Conference,  Leuven University (Apr. 17)
  • Invited Paper: 'Defamation of Religions: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' presented at Conference on Law and Religion at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 9 December 2016. 
  • Invited Paper: 'The Securitization of Muslim Women in the European Court of Human Rights' presented at 'Women's Rights in the Middle East Seminar Series', Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 14 November 2016. 
  • 'Balancing Human Rights Protection with "Living Together": Interculturalism as Assimilation' presented at Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, 26 October 2016. 
  • 'Securitising Minorities - Risking Fragmentation between International Human Rights and International Minority Rights' to be presented at 12th Annual ESIL Conference 'How International Law Works in Times of Crisis', Riga, 8-10 September 2016. 
  • 'Balancing Human Rights Protection with "Living Together": Interculturalism as Assimilation' presented at 2016 AHRI Human Rights Research Conference '50 Years of the Two UN Human Rights Covenants : Legacies and Prospects', Utrecht University, 2-3 September 2016.
  • 'European Muslims and the Securitisation of Rights Discourse' presented at International Conference: The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration - Towards a Users' Perspective, Ghent University, 9-11 December 2015.
  • '"New" Minorities in Western Europe and the Purpose of Minority Rights. Protection" presented at The 1990 CSCE Copenhagen Document, East-West Encounters and Evolution of the Minority Regime in Europe Conference, European Centre for Minority Issues, Flensburg, 5-7 June 2015.
  • "'Living Together" after SAS v France: Interculturalism or Assimilation' presented at SLSA 2015 Conference: Socio-legal in culture: the culture of socio-legal, University of Warwick, 1 April 2015.
  • 'Protecting the 'Essence of the Right': Freedom of Religion or Belief and the Conflicting Interpretations of the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee' presented at the 2014 AHRI Human Rights Research Conference 'Human Rights under Pressure: Exploring Norms, Institutions and Policies', University of Copenhagen, 30 September 2014.
  • 'SAS v France: Has the ECtHR given up on Multiculturalism?' presented at SEI Roundtable 'Has Multiculturalism Failed?', University of Sussex, 24 September 2014.
  • 'SAS v France: "Living Together" and Societal Cohesion', presented at Citizenship, Minority Rights and Justice Seminar, SEI, New Europeans and CRRL, University of Sussex, 3 September 2014.  
  • 'Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Protection of Religious Minorities - Has the European Court of Human Rights Lost its Way?', presented at Research Seminar, Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law, Sussex Law School, 12 February 2014. 
  • 'Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Protection of Religious Minorities - Has the European Court of Human Rights Lost its Way?', presented at INFORM Anniversary Conference Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future, London School of Economics, 1 February 2014. 
  • Invited Paper: 'Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Protection of the Religious - Has the European Court of Human Rights Lost its Way?' presented at Research Seminar, School of Law, University of Portsmouth, 30 January 2014.  
  • 'An Additional Protocol to the ECHR on National Minorities - A Note of Caution', presented at the UK Network on Minority Groups and Human Rights Conference: Contrasting Minority and Indigenous Rights in Practice, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 28 October 2013.  
  • 'A Regime within a Regime - The Potential for the European Court of Human Rights to Undermine the Minority Rights Regime', presented at Edinburgh Law School PhD Symposium in International Law 2013 Regime Interactions in Public International Law, University of Edinburgh, 17-18 June 2013.
  • Invited Paper: 'The Council of Europe and the Rights of Minorities', presented at the Fourth Annual Anglo-German Conference on the Transformations of the State, University of Oxford, 31 May 2013. 
  • 'Establishing a Right to Cultural Autonomy for British Muslims under International Law ' paper at the Conference on Minorities, Nations and Cultural Diversity - The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy, Queen's University Belfast, 9-10th November 2012. 
  • Invited Lecture: ‘Secular Fundamentalism? Religious Freedom in France and the UK’ Law and Justice Forum Seminar Series, College of Law, London, 2 February 2011. 
  • ‘Bringing Muslims within the Scope of ICERD – Square Peg in a Round Hole?’ paper presented at the UK Network on Minority Groups and Human Rights Conference on Minority and Indigenous Rights: Emerging Themes and Challenges, London, 18-19 November 2010.
  • ‘The Protection of Muslims within the Council of Europe Rights Regime’ paper presented at UACES 40th Annual Conference Exchanging Ideas on Europe: Europe at a Crossroads, College of Europe, Bruges, 6-8 September 2010.
  • ‘Integration as Refugee Protection: The case for a minority rights based approach’ paper presented at the 2009 Nordic Refugee Seminar, University of Lund/Raoul Wallenberg Institute, 5-6 February 2009.