The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW is the world’s first research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law. Through high-quality research feeding into public policy debate and legislative reform, the Centre brings a principled, human rights-based approach to refugee law and forced migration in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and globally. It provides an independent space to connect academics, policymakers and NGOs, and creates an important bridge between scholarship and practice. It also provides thought leadership in the community through public engagement and community outreach.
'The Refugee in International Law': Then and Now
This is the first of two launch events to celebrate the release of the fourth edition of 'The Refugee in International Law' by the Kaldor Centre's Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam (together with Emma Dunlop).
On 29 September 2021, authors Guy S Goodwin-Gill and Jane McAdam AO 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.
Introducing: Leaving Place, Restoring Home
The Kaldor Centre's Lauren Martin talks to co-authors and Kaldor Centre affiliates, Erica Bower and Sanjula Weerasinghe about their latest report 'Leaving Place Restoring Home: Enhancing the Evidence Base on Planned Relocation Cases in the context of Hazards, Disasters, and Climate Change'.
As hazards, disasters and climate change profoundly affect people’s lives and livelihoods, communities and authorities seek opportunities to move people permanently out of harm’s way. Planned relocation is generally considered as a measure of last resort. In this context, policymakers, practitioners and communities require refined information on how planned relocation could be undertaken to minimize negative impacts, avoid pitfalls and promote human rights and human dignity.
Cruel, costly and ineffective: the failure of offshore processing in Australia
Australia’s multi-billion-dollar offshore processing system has demonstrably failed to stop boats, save lives or break the business model of people smugglers, according to a new policy brief from UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Released at a pivotal moment when the policy is drawing political interest elsewhere as an ‘Australian model’, ‘Cruel, costly and ineffective: the failure of offshore processing in Australia’ marks nine years since Australia resumed its bipartisan policy of intercepting asylum seekers at sea and forcibly transferring them to the Pacific nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
For the first time, Kaldor Centre researchers Madeline Gleeson and Natasha Yacoub break down the common perception of offshore processing as a single policy, explaining how instead it has unfolded in four distinct phases since August 2012. Critically, they note that Australia has been caught up in the fourth and final phase – in which the government stopped transferring people offshore and has been trying to extricate itself from the arrangements – for more than seven years now.
Read the policy brief:
The decade ahead: Defending protection and people on the move
Think through the big issues in global displacement in the decade ahead with our panel of experts. A virtual panel session held on 17 November 2020 at the Kaldor Centre Conference 2020.
Louise Aubin (UNHCR)
Rez Gardi (Harvard Satter Human Rights Fellow)
Cecilia Jimenez-Damary (UN Special Rapporteur, Human Rights of IDPs)Kathleen Newland (Migration Policy Institute)
Chair: Jane McAdam (Kaldor Centre)
Courts at the frontier: Can strategic litigation in Australia advance refugee protection?
Australian lawyers reflect from the frontlines on the effectiveness and potential of strategic refugee litigation in this virtual panel session held at the Kaldor Centre Conference 2020 on 19 November 2020.
Hear from our expert panel:
Matthew Albert (Dever's List, Castan Chambers)
Scott Cosgriff (Human Rights Law Centre)
Arif Hussein (Refugee Advice and Casework Service)
Sanmati Verma (Clothier Anderson Immigration Lawyers)
Chair: Sangeetha Pillai (Kaldor Centre)
On racism and refugees: A conversation with E Tendayi Achiume and Nyadol Nyuon
How do racism and displacement intersect, and is the protection regime part of the problem or the solution? Hear E Tendayi Achiume (UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia & Related Intolerance)and Nyadol Nyuon(Lawyer, community advocate and writer)in conversation at the closing session of the Kaldor Centre Conference 2020, held on 20 November 2020. Hosted by Jane McAdam, Scientia Professor and Kaldor Centre Director.