Dr Meghan Campbell

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Birmingham Law School
Reader in International Human Rights Law

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Meghan Campbell is Reader in International Human Rights Law at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores how the international human rights system can best respond to gender inequality and poverty. Her monograph Women, Poverty, Equality (Hart Publishing, 2018) explores how the concept of equality in the UN Convention on the Discrimination on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women can be interpreted to address gender-based poverty. She has published peer-reviewed articles on gender equality, human rights, international legal system and public law and provided written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and Women and Equalities Committee on Brexit and human rights. 


  • LLB, University of Manitoba (2008)
  • Call to the Bar, Province of Manitoba, Canada (2009)
  • LLM (International Law), University of Edinburgh (2011)
  • DPhil, University of Oxford (2016)


Meghan Campbell joined Birmingham Law School in 2017 as a Lecturer in Law. She holds an LLB from the University of Manitoba.  Before commencing her graduate studies, she was a Crown Attorney for the Province of Manitoba, Canada.

She has an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh and a DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. During her doctoral degree, she was a stipendiary lecturer at New College, University of Oxford and taught constitutional and administrative law. After her DPhil, she was a Weston Junior Research Fellow at New College, University of Oxford. She taught on the labour law and comparative equality law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and was a seminar leader for the Masters in Public Policy at the Blatvanik School of Government. 


  • Canadian Constitutional Law - Module Leader
  • Public Law 
  • Foundations of International Law and Globalisation 

Postgraduate supervision

Gender Equality
International Human Rights Law
Socio-Economic Rights
Enforcement of Rights

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Meghan Campbell pursues several harmonious strands of research. Her research investigates how the normative content and accountability mechanisms of human rights can break entrenched cycles of gender disadvantage. At the same time, she has been active, particularly on digital platforms, in examining how human rights and courts can positively contribute to realizing education for all learners. Her future projects will examine comparative dialogic approaches to human rights in the UK and assess how the human rights framework can respond to the complex causes of poverty.

Other activities


Recent publications


Campbell, M 2018, Women, poverty, equality: the role of CEDAW . 1st edn, Hart Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781509909704


Campbell, M 2021, 'Might makes right: the two child limit and justifiable discrimination against women and children', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2021.1999111

Campbell, M 2021, 'The austerity of lone motherhood: discrimination law and benefit reform', Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/ojls/gqab018

Campbell, M, Fredman, S & Reeves, A 2020, 'Palliation or protection: How should the right to equality inform the government’s response to Covid-19?', International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 183-202. https://doi.org/10.1177/1358229120969611

Campbell, M 2019, 'Beyond the courtroom: accountability for grave and systemic human rights abuses', University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal, vol. 1, 5, pp. 55-86.

Campbell, M 2018, 'Monitoring women's socio-economic equality under ICESCR', Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 82-116. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjwl.30.1.82

Campbell, M 2018, 'Reigniting the Dialogue: The Latest Use of the Notwithstanding Clause in Canada', Public Law.

Campbell, M 2016, 'The challenges of girls’ right to education: Let’s talk about human rights-based sex education', The International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 1219-1243.

Campbell, M 2016, 'Women’s rights and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women: Unlocking the potential of the Optional Protocol', Nordic Journal of Human Rights, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 247-271. https://doi.org/10.1080/18918131.2016.1248002

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Campbell, M 2022, Like birds of a feather? ICESCR and women's socio-economic equality. in R Cook (ed.), The Frontiers of Women's Equality .

Campbell, M 2021, Cooperating to continuously improve. in J Hohmann & B Goldblatt (eds), The Right to the Continuous Improvement of Living Conditions: Responding to Complex Global Challenges. 1st edn, Oñati International Series in Law and Society, Bloomsbury Publishing. <https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-right-to-the-continuous-improvement-of-living-conditions-9781509947836/>


Campbell, M 2020, The Distance Between Us-Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Rural Women and Girls. in Intersectionality and Human Rights.

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Meghan Campbell has media experience in education rights, gender equality, international human rights law and human rights in the UK

Media experience



  • Human rights in the UK 
  • Education rights
  • Gender equality 
  • International human rights law
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • Duty of Cooperation