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.
Climate Change, Disasters and Mobility: A Roadmap for Australian Action
Kaldor Centre's Director, Professor Jane McAdam, and Director of the Lowy Institute's Pacific Islands Program, Jonathan Pryke, discuss their latest policy brief with Lauren Martin. Their report focuses on the role of mobility as a release valve for Pacific Islanders at risk of displacement in the context of disasters and climate change. It demonstrates why Australia should proactively develop laws and policies that enable people in the Pacific region to move out of harm’s way, thereby harnessing migration as a climate change adaptation strategy in its own right.
You can read the full policy brief at: firstname.lastname@example.org/publications/policy-brief-series
Pressing 'Reset' On Resettlement How A Lifeline Can Survive COVID - 19
Resettlement is a life-saving tool. It is a way that countries, like Australia, help refugees and their families to find safety. Now resettlement is under unprecedented pressure, what history is in the making for refugees in this current crisis?
Find out from our expert panel, Kate O'Malley (UNHCR Canberra), Sally Pfeiffer (Department of Home Affairs), Paul Power (Refugee Council of Australia) and Melika Yassin Sheikh-Eldin (AMES Australia), in a conversation moderated by Kaldor Centre Director Jane McAdam.
The Andaman Sea Crisis: 5 Years On
As the world comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, crowded boats in the Bay of Bengal are once more forcing the region to confront the plight of Rohingya refugees seeking safety by sea.
Covid-19 and International Refugee Law
This is a recording of a webinar held on 4 June 2020, co-hosted by the International Law Association (Australia) and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
What is changing in the so-called ‘new normal’, and what does it mean for the legal landscape facing refugees, people seeking asylum and other forced migrants?
Find out when two preeminent legal minds discuss the key issues:
Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, Director of UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, addresses the differential impact of the pandemic on displaced people and also considers the twin ‘crises’ of COVID-19 and climate change in the context of mobility in the Pacific region.
Assistant Secretary-General Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, considers how COVID-19 has undermined the fundamental norms of human rights and refugee law as almost no other crisis has done, even as we reach the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention.
All in this together? The pandemic, people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia
The everyday lives of Australians have changed dramatically, as we try to protect each other from coronavirus. But while the message is that we are ‘all in this together’, the policy responses to this pandemic are playing out with specific, and often severe, consequences for the tens of thousands of people here on precarious visas.
This is a recording of a Kaldor Centre webinar held on 14 May 2020, which explored the impact of COVID-19 on refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
The discussion was moderated by Professor Jane McAdam, Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. She was joined by:
Sarah Dale, Centre Director and Principal Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Frances Rush OAM, Chief Executive Officer at the Asylum Seekers Centre
Shukufa Tahiri, Policy Officer at the Refugee Council of Australia, and a Steering Committee member of the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group
Podcast- Sexual orientation, gender Identity and asylum
Podcast- Sexual orientation, gender Identity and asylum by Kaldor Centre UNSW