What to know how Australia's refugee policies stack up against our international law obligations? Kaldor Centre Director Professor Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong’s new book Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia’s Policies Are Not (UNSW...

The AHRCentre and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law hosted a free public seminar on Thursday 23 April to discuss the key findings of the report and the questions it raises. A podcast from the seminar is now...

The loss of over 700 lives in a single incident in the Mediterranean on 18 April 2015, following a six-day period in which over 10,000 migrants were rescued, has sparked renewed debates about what policies Europe should adopt to manage boat...

Understanding the international legal obligations that Australia has to refugees and asylum seekers is crucial when it comes to separating myths from facts in contemporary Australian debates. In this video series Professor Jane McAdam goes behind...

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Call for papers: International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition


The American Society of International Law’s International Refugee Law Interest Group (IRLIG) has announced its second annual International Refugee Law Student Writing Competition.

In Focus: Paying people smugglers


In June 2015, allegations surfaced that Australian government officials had paid Indonesian people smugglers to turn b

Prof Jane McAdam speaks about Kiribati's 'migration with dignity' scheme


Professor Jane McAdam was interviewed on Austrian radio about Kiribati’s ‘migration with dignity’ scheme to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Prof Jane McAdam featured amongst women changing our world


UNSW recently profiled top-performing female researchers whose work is having an impact on important global issues. Kaldor Centre Director, Professor Jane McAdam, was featured for her leadership in the area of international refugee law.

How much power is too much when dealing with asylum seekers


By Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby and Dr Claire Higgins.

First published in The Age.

The Australian government's attempt to give unprecedented powers to the private operators of Australia's immigration detention centres looks unlikely to pass the Senate without significant change.

But what has been overlooked is that similar powers exist over the 1577 asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru.

Scholarship created in honour of Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill


The University of London has established a prestigious scholarship in honour of Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, a member of the Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee.

Why we need a protection toolbox to assist people displaced by the impacts of disasters and climate change

Professor Jane McAdam

First published as 'The Limits of Refugee Law', World Economic Forum Agenda (Blog).

Last year, media headlines across the world signaled the arrival of the world’s first ‘climate change refugees’. From a legal perspective, the headlines were wrong: the family concerned – from the low-lying Pacific country of Kiribati – were unsuccessful in their bid to be recognized as refugees fleeing from the impacts of climate change on their environmentally fragile island.

Could the Government be held liable for people smuggling?

Tamara Wood

First published in The Drum.

Recent allegations that payments were made to people smugglers to return a vessel carrying 65 asylum seekers to Indonesia raise the possibility that Australian officials may have engaged in the act of people smuggling itself. If true, the Australian Government might be accused of the very "evil" it claims to be trying to prevent. And recent allegations that Labor also paid people smugglers would come under scrutiny as well.

Dr Gabrielle Appleby talks to the Law Report on RN about the discretionary force at detention centres


Kaldor Centre member, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, talks with Radio National's Law Report on the proposed Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill.  Dr Appleby explains that the Bill allows employees in immigration

Professor McAdam speaks on climate change, disasters and displacement for the Refugee Law Observatory


Kaldor Centre Director, Professor Jane McAdam, has just released the following video on climate change, disasters and displacement, which was originally posted on the Refugee Law Observatory website. 

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