Stefanie Grant's research interests focus on forced and involuntary migration, and on the human rights consequences of leaving a country of nationality as a refugee or migrant. Her current work is on irregular cross border journeys, identification of those who die or go missing, and the rights of their families. Discussion has focussed on preventing irregular migration, national security, and criminalisation of smuggling. Little attention has been given to identifying the dead and missing. Some 5,000 deaths were reported in the Mediterranean in 2016, but despite their scale and frequency, states generally do not publish numbers, identify the dead or inform families.
Stefanie’s human rights experience includes heading Amnesty International’s Research Department in London, representing Amnesty in Washington DC, acting for immigrants and refugees as a solicitor in London, directing the research branch of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and consulting for other intergovernmental organisations. She is Chair of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, and a trustee of the European Network on Statelessness, the Prisoner of Conscience Fund, and Independent Diplomat. She has written on a range of topics related to human rights and migration, including the expert paper on human rights for the Global Commission on International Migration.
In April 2016, Stefanie organised an expert consultation at the Centre on the application of international human rights law to migrant and refugee border deaths - the first time the issue has been framed as a matter of human rights law; a normative statement of ‘best practices’ is being drafted. In related work, She wrote the chapter on identification and tracing for IOM’s 2016 report, ‘Fatal Journeys II’, and was human rights adviser to the ESRC - funded research project - ‘Mediterranean Missing: Understanding the Needs of Families and the Obligations of States’.
“The Human Rights of Legally Stranded Migrants”, International Migration Law, ed. Cholewinski et al, TMC Asser, Netherlands, 2007.
“Recording and Identifying European Frontier Deaths”, European Journal of Migration and Law, 13.2, 2011.
“Identification and Tracing of Dead and Missing Migrants", Fatal Journeys II, IOM, Geneva, June 2016.
Dead and Missing Migrants: the obligations of European States under International Human Rights Law. September 2016. http://www.mediterraneanmissing.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Mediterranean-Missing-Legal-Memo-290816.pdf
“Indirect Success? The Impact and Use of the International Covenant on Migrant Workers in United Nations Fora", with Beth Lyon, Shining New Light on the UN Migrant Workers Convention’, ed. Desmond and Piper, Pretoria University Law Press [Forthcoming: 2017].