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A launch event to celebrate the release of the fourth edition of The Refugee in International Law by Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam (together with Emma Dunlop). 

On 29 September 2021, Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam reflected on the many issues confronting the global protection regime at this moment, in a conversation with Guardian Australia’s Ben Doherty, chaired by Kaldor Centre Advisory Committee member, Shukufa Tahiri

How has international refugee law evolved in the 40 years since the first edition of the book was published? Where are the new stresses? What challenges endure? What role can scholars, decision-makers and those working at the grassroots play to promote protection for those who need it? 

Watch or listen and share their full conversation about refugee law today – how far we’ve come, and the challenges that remain.

‘It is above all a handbook, McAdam said, ‘for governments, for lawyers, for international organizations, for NGOs and for society at large. It's about what drives people to seek asylum and how they should be treated.’  

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About the speakers

Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill is widely recognised as having established the field of international refugee law with the first edition of The Refugee in International Law in 1983. Now at the Kaldor Centre, he is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His distinguished career has encompassed not only a pioneering contribution to the academy, but also to practice, through his advocacy in the courts, contributions to parliamentary and international committees, and his engagement with civil society and UNHCR. 

Professor Jane McAdam AO is Director of the Kaldor Centre and co-author of the latest two editions of The Refugee in International Law. She is widely recognised for her outstanding scholarship and as a pioneer in the conceptualisation of legal protection for people displaced in the context of climate change and disasters.  

Ben Doherty is a reporter for Guardian Australia. He was previously a foreign correspondent covering Southeast Asia for Guardian Australia, and the South Asia correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. He has won three Walkley awards for his foreign affairs and immigration reporting. 

Shukufa Tahiri is a member of the Kaldor Centre’s Advisory Committee. She is Executive Director of the Akademos Society, and formerly served at the Refugee Council of Australia and the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group. 


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.