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The latest hurdles for people seeking asylum in Australia

Kelly Newell

People seeking asylum who came to Australia by boat between August 2012 and December 2013 arrived expecting to be able to apply for protection, but have instead been tossed around in the frequently changing policies of refugee protection in Australia.  

Dynamic alliance joins UNSW’s Kaldor Centre and Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre


Two internationally renowned research centres, the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney and the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford, are formalising a partnership to strengthen vital new thinking on global refugee policy.

The RSC-Kaldor Centre partnership is designed to promote innovative research, teaching and policy initiatives. Through a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding, these centres of excellence will facilitate academic exchange and co-operation, encouraging cross-institutional visits and cooperative research.

Jane McAdam speaks with The World Today


ABC Radio's flagship current affairs program The World Today spoke to Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam ahead of her 2017 Mahla Pearlman Oration,'Should I Stay or Should I Go? Shaping International Responses to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement'.

Can international law hold states to account?


As Australia prepares for several 2017 United Nations treaty reviews, Madeline Gleeson explains the ways states are held to account when it comes to international human rights law.

Jane McAdam named a NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Finalist


Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam is one of four powerful female role models announced as finalists for the 2017 NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian will choose the winner, who will be announced on March 8 at a Sydney breakfast celebrating International Women’s Day and the outstanding contributions made by women across the state.

5 things to read on Trump's executive orders


Looking for background and analysis of US President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees? Here are five reads to get an overview of developments and key issues:


Trump, Turmoil, and Terrorism: The US Immigration and Refugee Ban


We live in tumultuous times. Since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States three weeks ago, the political scene in the United States has been roiled by mass demonstrations, boldface headlines, and tweets in the middle of the night. Immigration, linked by Trump to criminals and terrorists, has been a flashpoint.

Kaldor Centre’s Dr Claire Higgins wins Fulbright scholarship to research refugee policy


UNSW historian Dr Claire Higgins has been awarded a prestigious 2017-18 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to explore how past experiences can inform positive solutions for the millions of people currently displaced worldwide.

Manus deportation reports raise legal concerns

Professor Jane McAdam

Kaldor Centre Director, Professor Jane McAdam, outlines concerns about Papua New Guinea’s refugee status determination system and violations of international law

'Offshore' sparks acclaim from Stella Prize


Madeline Gleeson lands on longlist for prestigious literary award for writing by Australian women.