About Us

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“This is the best organisation of its kind I have seen around the world in the last 30 years.”
–Thomas Albrecht, Regional Representative, UNHCR (Canberra)

Who we are

The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is the world’s first and only research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. Founded in October 2013, the Kaldor Centre undertakes rigorous research on the most pressing displacement issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and contributes to public policy by promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration. Through outstanding research and engagement, the Kaldor Centre has become recognised as an intellectual powerhouse with global impact.

Why our work matters

More than 65 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes – the highest number since the Second World War. As world leaders grapple with this complex challenge, there has never been a more important time for innovative and rigorous thinking to promote durable solutions to displacement. The Kaldor Centre’s non-partisan, evidence-based research, analysis and engagement bring a crucial, independent dimension to the debate.

The Kaldor Centre’s expertise is regularly sought out by the UN and other international organisations, policymakers, academics, lawyers, media, civil society and the private sector. From its principled, human-rights-based perspective, the Kaldor Centre informs public policy and opinion not only through its cutting-edge scholarship but also via public events, policy briefs, consultations, parliamentary submissions, award-winning popular books and a strong media profile. The Kaldor Centre provides a crucial bridge between scholarship, policy and practice.

Our focus

  • GLOBAL: The Kaldor Centre is at the forefront of research to ensure that international legal frameworks are fit for 21st century displacement challenges. This includes pioneering work on displacement in the context of climate change and disasters which has directly influenced law, policy and practice around the world; comparative analysis of refugee protection; and active involvement in the development of the UN’s 2018 Global Compacts on refugees and migration.
  • REGIONAL: The Kaldor Centre’s research is strengthening refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific region by helping to shape stronger national protection systems and encourage greater international cooperation. Through its convening power, the Kaldor Centre is also developing networks to work towards regional strategies for concrete actions.
  • NATIONAL: The Kaldor Centre is leading the way on principled refugee law and policy reform in Australia. Through rigorous legal analysis, comparative approaches, and an ability to understand contemporary challenges within the broader historical context, the Kaldor Centre adds depth and breadth to the debate, including by proposing alternative policy approaches.

As a trusted voice on international refugee law, the Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.