- James H. Michael Chair in International Human Rights Law
- Director of Law Clinics
- Professor of Law
- Dartmouth College, B.A.
- New York University, M.A., J.D.
- Georgetown University, L.L.M.
- Civil Procedure
- Clinical Legal Education
- Immigration Law
- International Human Rights
- International Refugee Law
- Legal Profession
Professor Stephen Meili writes and teaches about the rights of noncitizens, particularly those seeking asylum. His work often takes a comparative approach: His recent book, published in 2022 by Oxford University Press, is a study of the constitutionalization of human rights law and its impact on asylum-seekers in Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda and the United States. His scholarship has also analyzed the effectiveness of human rights treaties in protecting asylum-seekers in Canada, Ecuador, Mexico, the U. and the European Union.
His other recent publications include an analysis of efforts by the Trump Administration to limit access to asylum in the United States, a comparative study of the detention of asylum-seekers in the U.S. and the UK, and the right not to hold a political opinion as the basis for asylum. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Robina Foundation, and the University of Minnesota’s Strategic Partnerships Program.
Meili has taught international refugee law and been an Academic Visitor at Oxford University. He has also taught at four law schools in Medellin, Colombia, and at Uppsala University in Sweden. At the University of Minnesota he teaches Immigration Law and International Refugee and Asylum Law.
Meili also serves as Co-Director of the Law School’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, where students represent asylum-seekers and trafficking survivors in various immigration and appellate court proceedings. Over the past few years, the I&HR Clinic has obtained asylum or other forms of protection for applicants from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Honduras, Iran, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Syria, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Zimbabwe. He has also supervised outreach projects in the Twin Cities immigrant community.
Meili was awarded the Law School’s Stanley V. Kinyon Clinical Teacher of the Year Award in 2011, held the Vaughn G. Papke Clinical Professorship in Law from 2012 to 2014, and was the James H. Binger Professor in Clinical Law from 2019 through April 2022.
Prior to coming to Minnesota, Meili was Director of the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Before entering academia, he was a partner in a plaintiffs’-side labor and employment law firm in Hartford, Connecticut.
Immigration Law: Asylum, Removal, and "Crimmigration"
Immigration and Human Rights Clinic
Immigration Law Field Placement
Refugee and Asylum Law
Immigration Law Clinic Student Directors
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