Associate Fellow, International Law Programme
Amanda Gray Meral

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Amanda Gray Meral has extensive experience on refugee law and policy. She is a qualified solicitor and started her career in legal practice, specializing in public law and insurance litigation.

She has since worked for UNHCR and the International Rescue Committee, based in London, Iraq and Jordan. During her time at the IRC, she was the organization's sole adviser on urban displacement policy.

She conducted research with refugees and policymakers in Jordan and Lebanon and was co-lead for the Urban Expert Group, alongside DFID and UN Habitat, to develop policy recommendations for the World Humanitarian Summit.

At UNHCR she advised the UK government on improvements to its asylum process in line with international law. She has co-authored numerous reports on asylum and refugee issues, including for the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom at the House of Commons.

Amanda obtained her LLB from Queens University Belfast, and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.

Areas of expertise

  • International Refugee Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Humanitarian Policy 

Past experience

2017 -Consultant on International Refugee and Migration Law and Policy Issues 
2015-16Research Manager for Livelihoods, Syrian Regional Response, International Rescue Committee 
2014-15Urban Displacement Policy Adviser, International Rescue Committee
2010-15Senior Protection Associate, UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
2009-10Intern, Refugee and Migrant Rights Team, Amnesty International, International Secretariat
2006-08Associate Solicitor, Berrymans Law Mawer LLP
2006 -Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, England and Wales