Geoff Gilbert
Visiting Professor

Geoff Gilbert is a Professor of Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He was Head of Department between 2000–2003 and 2011–2013. In 2012, he was appointed a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW Sydney. He was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law from 2002–2015 and now sits on the Editorial Board. In July 2020, he was appointed Inaugural Chair of the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network that had been launched at the first Global Refugee Forum in December 2019 as part of Global Compact on Refugees (2018). In 2014 he was appointed as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) (with Anna Magdalena Rüsch) on Rule of Law: Engagement for Solutions and is part of the Solutions Alliance Thematic Group on Rule of Law. Their co-authored report has helped to shape UNHCR’s approach to protracted displacement. Professor Gilbert was asked to contribute to the 2015 Note on International Protection by the High Commissioner. In April 2016, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invited him to present papers in Manila and Canberra on refugee solutions in the region and in September 2016 he was a speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House. He was Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights in its inquiry into the treatment of asylum seekers in 2006–2007. He was part of the Essex Human Rights Centre’s research programme on human rights in situations of acute crisis that was carried out on behalf of the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) and directed Essex’s residential training programme on human rights for DfID staff (2006–2009). In 2009, he was elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple and was called in February 2010. He has published widely on international refugee law and international criminal law. In 2017, again with Anna Magdalena, they were commissioned by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, to write Creating Safe Zones and Safe Corridors in Conflict Situations: Providing protection at home or preventing the search for asylum?.


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