The Kaldor Centre is pleased to annouce that Ms Erika Feller will deliver the keynote address at this year's annual conference, 20 November 2015.

Registrations for the conference will open 10 August 2015.

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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Human rights, climate change and cross-border displacement - new report by Jane McAdam and Marc Limon


Despite a growing recognition of the human rights implications of climate change, and that adherence to human rights principles can help to strengthen climate policymaking, relatively few steps have been taken to bring a rights perspective to climate negotiations. Likewise, beyond expressing concern about a human rights protection gap for people displaced across borders in the context of climate change, the UN has not done enough to consider how to fill that gap. This Policy Report, written for Geneva-based human rights think tank, Universal Rights Group, analyses what the UN can and should do to address these issues.

Experts are being edged out of the refugee review system. Why?

Dr Claire Higgins

First published in The Guardian.

Experienced decision makers are essential to our justice system. For asylum seekers, they can mean the difference between life and death. News that a number of experienced decision makers from the Refugee Review Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal have not been re-appointed by the government raises concerns about the quality and impartiality of this review mechanism.

Professor Goodwin-Gill's address on 'Regulating “Irregular” Migration: International Obligations and International Responsibilities'

Emeritus Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, a member of the Kaldor Centre's Advisory Committee, gave an address to an international workshop held by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law, 20 March 2015.

Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill speaks on challenges for refugee protection and assistance in the 21st century

Emeritus Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill

Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, a member of the Kaldor Centre's Advisory Committee, gave an address to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Ad Hoc Committee on Large Scale Arrivals of Refugees to Turkey on the 14 June 2015.

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 back 65 Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi and Burmese asylum seekers who were attempting to reach New Zealand by boat.

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.

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