- Jane McAdam
Scientia Professor, Professor
BA (Hons) Syd; LLB (Hons) Sydney; DPhil Oxford
Professor Jane McAdam (BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Sydney), DPhil (Oxford)) is Scientia Professor of Law and the Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, and is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law.
Jane publishes widely in the area of international refugee law, in particular on complementary protection and climate change-related displacement and migration. She is the author of Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia's Policies Are Not (with F Chong, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2014), Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012), Climate Change and Australia: Warming to the Global Challenge (with B Saul, S Sherwood, T Stephens and J Slezak, Federation Press, Sydney, 2012), Complementary Protection in International Refugee Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007), The Refugee in International Law (with GS Goodwin-Gill, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2007); and the editor of The Global Reach of European Refugee Law (with H Lambert and M Fullerton; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2013), Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2010) and Forced Migration, Human Rights and Security (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2008).
Jane's four-year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship is entitled 'Moving with Dignity: A Human Rights Approach to Slow-Onset Climate Change-Related Displacement and Relocation in the Pacific'. Drawing on the experiences of Pacific island communities that were relocated to other countries in the 1940s, the project examines the potential legal, policy and governance ramifications of resettling whole communities today. In 2012, Jane completed an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant entitled 'Weathering Uncertainty: Climate Change "Refugees" and International Law', which critically examined the extent to which States have obligations to 'protect' people displaced by the impacts of climate change under international refugee law, international human rights law, and international law on statelessness. Her other Australian Research Council Discovery Grant on 'Immigration Restriction and the Racial State, c 1880 to the Present' examines the history of medico-legal border control in the Asia-Pacific region. This grant is held in conjunction with two historians, Professor Alison Bashford at the University of Sydney and Dr Sunil Amrith at the University of London.
Jane is Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association's International Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise; Associate Rapporteur of the Convention Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection Working Party for the International Association of Refugee Law Judges; 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 undertaken consultancies on forced migration issues for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and various governments. In 2013 she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Jane is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian International Law Journal, a former General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and a former member of the Editorial Board of the Sydney Law Review.
Complementary protection resources page: http://www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au/node/2983
Climate Change and Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Legal and Policy Responses conference (podcast and papers, November 2011): http://www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au/events/climate-change-and-migration-asia...
Report of a workshop at UNSW Law on 'Relocation in the Pacific' (12 August 2013)
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. Research Council of Norway, ‘Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century’ (2013–16) (with collaborators from the UK, US and Norway)
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)
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Pacific Islanders reject 'climate refugee' status, want to 'migrate with dignity', SIDS conference hears8 September 2014
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8 July 2014
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