Dartmouth College, B.A.
New York University, M.A., J.D.
Georgetown University, L.L.M.
Professor Stephen Meili writes and teaches about the rights of non-citizens, particularly those seeking asylum. His recent publications include the right not to hold a political opinion as the basis for asylum (Columbia Human Rights Law Review, forthcoming in 2015) and the impact of human rights treaties on asylum jurisprudence in Canada and the United Kingdom (Osgoode Hall Law Journal 2014 and Vanderbilt Transnational Law Journal 2015, respectively). He has also co-authored (with his U of M colleague David Weissbrodt) two works on human rights issues: "Recent Developments in the Human Rights of Trafficked Persons," in Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour (2012) and "Human Rights and Protection of Non-Citizens: Whither Universality and Indivisibility of Rights?" (Refugee Survey Quarterly, 2010). His current research projects include a comparative study of the detention of asylum-seekers in the U.S. and the U.K., as well as the treatment of Colombians who have sought asylum in Ecuador. He has also published extensive scholarship on cause lawyering in comparative perspective. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robina Foundation.
Professor Meili has been an Academic Visitor at the Faculty of Law at Oxford University, as well as a Senior Associate Member at Oxford's St. Antony's College. He has taught classes to students at all of the law schools in Medellin, Colombia as part of a USAID-funded clinical education program, as well as Uppsala University in Sweden.
In addition to teaching in the areas of human rights and immigration law, civil procedure and legal practice at the University of Minnesota, Professor Meili has expertise and experience in several other areas of the law. These include consumer protection, based on his 17 years as Director of the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Law School, labor law, based on being a partner in an employment law firm in Harford, Connecticut prior to entering academia, and environmental law, based on his graduate fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor Meili also serves as Director of the Law School's Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, where students represent asylum-seekers and detained individuals in various immigration and appellate court proceedings. Over the seven years that he has been its Director, the IHR Clinic has obtained asylum or other forms of protection for applicants from Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Iran, Liberia, and Sudan. In addition, the Clinic, which is part of the Law School's Center for New Americans, has been involved in numerous outreach and education projects involving the Somali community in the Twin Cities.
A Citizen's Guide to Personal and Government Records (Center for Public Representation, 3d ed., 1993)
Recent Developments in the Human Rights of Trafficked Persons, in Human Rights and Migration: Trafficking for Forced Labour 193 (Christien van den Anker & Ilse van Liempt, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
(with David Weissbrodt)
Consumer Protection, in The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research (Peter Cane & Herbert M. Kritzer, eds., Oxford University Press, 2010)
"Of course he just stood there; he's the law": Two Depictions of Cause Lawyers in Post-Authoritarian Chile, in The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Consumer Cause Lawyers in the United States: Lawyers for the Movement or a Movement unto Themselves, in Cause Lawyers and Social Movements (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Stanford Law and Politics, 2006)
Cause Lawyering for Collective Justice: A Case Study of the Amparo Colectivo in Argentina, in The World Cause Lawyers Make: Structure and Agency in Legal Practice (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Stanford Law and Politics, 2005)
Consumer Actions, in Methods of Practice (Jay E. Grenig, James B. MacDonald & Nathan A. Fishback, eds., Thomson/West, 4th ed., 2004)
Latin American Cause-Lawyering Networks, in Cause Lawyering and the State in a Global Era (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Oxford University Press, 2001)
Legal Education in Argentina and Chile, in Educating for Justice Around the World: Legal Education, Legal Practice, and the Community (Louise G. Trubek & Jeremy Cooper, eds., Ashgate/Dartmouth, 1999)
Cause Lawyers and Social Movements: A Comparative Perspective on Democratic Change in Argentina and Brazil, in Cause Lawyering: Political Commitments and Professional Responsibilities (Austin Sarat & Stuart Scheingold, eds., Oxford University Press, 1998)
Do Human Rights Treaties Help Asylum-Seekers?: Lessons from the United Kingdom, 48 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 123 (2015)
Human Rights and Protection of Non-Citizens: Whither Universality and Indivisibility of Rights?, 28 Refugee Survey Quarterly 34 (2010), reprinted in Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups and Human Rights (David Weissbrodt & Mary Rumsey, eds., Edward Elgar, 2011)
(with David Weissbrodt)
Staying Alive: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin American, 9 International Review of Constitutionalism 43 (2009)
The Interaction between Lawyers and Grass Roots Social Movements in Brazil, 3 Beyond Law (Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativas) 61 (July 1993) (Working Paper ILS 5-2, Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School (July 1993))
Book Review, 18 Canadian Journal of Law and Society 169 (2003) (reviewing Peter Cartwright, Consumer Protection and the Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2001))
Your Consumer Rights (Consumer Law Litigation Clinic, University of Wisconsin Law School, 3d ed., 2007); translated into Spanish, Sus derechos como consumidor (Consumer Law Litigation Clinic, University of Wisconsin Law School, 3a. ed., 2007)