- Tamara Wood
AMusA; BA Melb; Grad Dip Ed Melb; LLB (Hons I) Melb
Tamara Wood is a Doctoral Candidate and former Teaching Fellow at the University of New South Wales. She lectures in Forced Migration and Human Rights in International Law and has published in international law and refugee journals, including the International Journal of Refugee Law, Forced Migration Review and International and Comparative Law Quarterly. Tamara has presented her research at conferences and workshops including at the University of Oxford, University of London and University of Nairobi. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the University of London Refugee Law Initiative’s Working Paper Series. She is also a member of the Consultative Committee of the Nansen Initiative and was the Initiative's consulting legal expert for the Horn of Africa Regional Consultations, investigating legal norms and practice for addressing cross-border displacement in disaster contexts in the Horn of Africa.
Prior to commencing at the University of New South Wales, Tamara worked as a refugee advocate in Australia, assisting onshore refugee applicants with their claims for asylum. She also has experience teaching and tutoring in law, philosophy, applied ethics and research skills at the University of Melbourne and Chisholm Institute of TAFE. She has degrees in law, philosophy and education.
Tamara’s current research focuses on the scope of the expanded African refugee definition contained in Article I(2) of the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. In 2012 she was a Visiting Researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand and conducted field research on local understandings and implementation of the African refugee definition in South Africa and Kenya.
Areas of expertise
International and domestic refugee law, international human rights, public international law, forced migration, African law relating to asylum and human rights.
In search of the African refugee – Article I(2) of the 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa.
The so-called ‘expanded’ definition of a refugee in Article I(2) of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa has been widely praised for being more humanitarian, more reflective of current causes of displacement and providing better protection than its counterpart in the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
This thesis will investigate the truth of these claims by seeking, first, to elaborate on the meaning of the definition’s terms, and second, to consider the impact of the definition on refugee protection in practice.
Professor Jane McAdam, Associate Professor Sarah Williams
Member, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
Member, Doctoral Affiliates Network, Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Studies, University of London
- Forced Migration & Human Rights in Int'l Law (LAWS3187)
- Introducing Law & Justice (LAWS1052)
- Torts (JURD7161)
- Forced Migration & Human Rights in Int. Law (JURD7387)