Professor Jane McAdam, Kaldor Centre Director, is featured in the latest video in a series by UNSWTV called 'Catastrophic Science'. The series showcases cutting edge UNSW research projects resulting from catastrophes such as fires, tsunamis,...

Syria Refugees

The Kaldor Centre has produced a new factsheet on the Syrian refugee crisis. This brief explainer answers why and where Syrians are displaced, and how Australia and other countries are responding.

Video is now also available from our...

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Jane McAdam speaks with RN Breakfast


Professor Jane McAdam speaks with James Carleton on RN Breakfast about the huge numbers of refugees and other displaced people on the move from Syria and other conflict zones.

The Clash Over the Paris Climate Talks


Kaldor Centre Director, Professor Jane McAdam, was interviewed in this piece for The Atlantic published on 19 November 20

Don't punish refugees for the Paris attacks


It would be a shame if the Paris attacks were used to justify harsher refugee policies, either in Australia or abroad. Now more than ever we must avoid divisive actions, writes Erika Feller in The Drum.

An interview with Prof Guy Goodwin-Gill


We revisit a 2010 Lateline interview by Prof Guy S Goodwin-Gill on the politically charged issue of asylum seekers. The insights he gave then are just as relevant today, when even more refugees are in need of international protection.

A crisis in collective will

Professor Jane McAdam

Professor Jane McAdam has written an article in the November issue of the Law Society Journal on the current 'refugee crisis' in Europe. Professor McAdam argues that the real crisis is one of political will and that international cooperation, rather than unilaterialism, is the only way forward.

The full article is available here.

The high price of Australia's refugee policy

Dr Claire Higgins

This article by Dr Claire Higgins and Katherine Murray was originally published in the ANU's Asia & the Pacific Policy Society (APPS) Policy Forum.

Lessons in refugee hospitality from the Horn of Africa

Tamara Wood

First published in The Conversation.

The unique response of the Horn of Africa region to Yemeni refugees could offer lessons to countries and regions dealing with similar influxes elsewhere.

Escalating internal fighting and Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen have led to an estimated 21.4 million people – more than 80% of its population – being in need of humanitarian protection or assistance.

Bid for UN councils made all the more harder by conflicted position on international affairs

Professor George Williams AO

First published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has announced two ambitious goals. Australia will bid for seats on the UN Human Rights Council from 2018 and the UN Security Council from 2029. This is a welcome sign of the government's willingness to engage with international institutions, and to contribute to making the world a safer and more prosperous place.

Professor Jane McAdam wins the global category at the Women of Influence awards


Professor McAdam, Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, was named one of Australia's most influential women in the 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Professor McAdam won the global category of the competition for her work investigating the legal issues that affect the fate of asylum seekers.

While the world watches Syria…

Tamara Wood

First published on African Asylum Blog.

No one could have failed to notice the widespread and tragic suffering currently being wreaked on the people of Syria by ongoing conflict between the government, rebels and extremist groups. The international media has been flooded with photos of men, women and children displaced by the conflict and arriving – traumatised, weary, relieved – on European shores...

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