- Jane McAdam
Scientia Professor, Professor
BA (Hons) Syd; LLB (Hons) Sydney; DPhil Oxford
Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of NSW. She is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, and an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway.
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. She has published nine books, over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, and hundreds of other publications, presentations and parliamentary submissions. She is joint 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.
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.
Joint 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
Associate and Management Committee Member, Centre for Refugee Research, University of NSW
Associate, Australian Human Rights Centre, University of NSW
Member, Climate Change Law and Policy Initiative, Faculty of Law, University of NSW
Member, International Law and Policy Group, Faculty of Law, University of NSW
Professional memberships and affiliations
Co-Rapporteur, International Law Association International Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise
Consultative Committee, Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement
Advisory Board, Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network (APMEN)
Associate Rapporteur, Convention Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection Working Party, International Association of Refugee Law Judges
Associate, Sydney Centre for International Law, University of Sydney
Jane welcomes research proposals in the areas of international refugee law and forced migration.
1. 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)
2. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Weathering Uncertainty: Climate Change "Refugees" and International Law' (2009-11)
3. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Immigration Restriction and the Racial State, c. 1880 to the Present' (2009-12)
4. 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.
5. 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)
6. 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)
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