- Jane McAdam
Scientia Professor, Professor
BA (Hons) Syd; LLB (Hons) Sydney; DPhil Oxford; FASSA
Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and the leader of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants. Professor McAdam is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London, and was a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC from 2012-16. In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.
Professor McAdam has a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and first class honours degrees in law and history from the University of Sydney. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She has special expertise on cross-border relocations, especially in the Pacific, and a keen interest in the global history of refugee and migration law. Her research has been supported by a number of Australian Research Council grants, including a prestigious Future Fellowship (2012-15). She has published nine books, over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, and hundreds of other publications, presentations and parliamentary submissions. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field.
Professor McAdam serves on a number of international committees, including as Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise; a member of the Consultative Committee of the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network. She has been an expert advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the International Organization for Migration; and the World Bank’s Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration. In 2013, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she was honoured as one of Australia's top ten Women of Influence, winning the 'global' category of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's 100 Women of Influence awards. In 2017, she was one of four finalists for the NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year.
Areas of expertise
International refugee law, international human rights law, public international law, forced migration, climate change and displacement, statelessness, EU law relating to asylum and human rights.
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Refugee Law (2014-)
Guest Editor, Refugee Survey Quarterly (vol 27(3), 2008)
Guest Editor (with Tim Stephens), Australian International Law Journal (vol 14, 2007)
Editorial Board, Australian International Law Journal (2007-current)
Editorial Board, Sydney Law Review (2005-06)
General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2002-03)
UNSW centres and affiliations
Director, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Climate Change Research, University of NSW
Professional memberships and affiliations
Co-Rapporteur, International Law Association International Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise
Advisory Committee, Platform on Disaster Displacement
Advisory Board, Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network (APMEN)
Jane welcomes research proposals in the areas of international refugee law and forced migration.
1. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'The Concept of "Imminence" in the International Protection of Refugees' (2016-18, with Professors Michelle Foster and Helene Lambert)
2. Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 'Moving with Dignity: A Human Rights Approach to Slow-Onset Climate Change-Related Displacement and Relocation in the Pacific' (2011-15)
3. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Weathering Uncertainty: Climate Change "Refugees" and International Law' (2009-11)
4. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Immigration Restriction and the Racial State, c. 1880 to the Present' (2009-12, with Professors Alison Bashford and Sunil Amrith)
5. International research project on 'Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century' (2014–2018), sponsored by the Research Council of Norway/KLIMAFORSK Programme (Project No 235638). Principal investigator: Prof Davor Vidas; Project owner: The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway; international cooperating partners: UNSW, George Washington University, Autonomous University of Madrid, University of Leicester.
6. Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council International Opportunities Fund, 'War Crimes and Refugee Status: The Application and Interpretation of International Humanitarian and International Criminal Law to the Adjudication of Refugee Status in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand', with Prof Guy Goodwin-Gill (Oxford), Prof Geoff Gilbert (Essex), Prof Kate Jastram (Berkley) and Prof James Simeon (York University, Toronto)
7. Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) grant: 'Imagining a Warmer World: Using Scenario Planning to Create Fair and Equitable Adaptation Law and Policy' (led by Washington School of Law, 2010)
- Forced Migration & Human Rights in Int'l Law (LAWS3187)
- Public International Law (LAWS3381)
- International Refugee Law (LAWS8190)
Should I stay or should I go? Shaping International responses to climate change, disasters and displacement.7 April 2017
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1 December 2016
21 November 2016
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22 August 2016