Ms Tamara Wood

LLB (Hons I) (Melbourne)
Grad Dip Ed (Melbourne)
BA (Melbourne)

Dr Tamara Wood is a Visiting Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and a former PhD graduate and Nettheim Doctoral Teaching Fellow at UNSW Law. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Coordinating Case Law Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law, Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Lecturer in Law at the University of Tasmania, and a former visiting researcher at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa.

Dr Wood researches in the fields of international refugee law, regional refugee law (with a focus on Africa), free movement agreements, complementary pathways to protection, and displacement in the context of natural hazards, disasters and climate change. She has published widely on refugee protection and forced migration, including in leading international law journals such as the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the International Journal of Refugee Law. She acts as a consultant to UNHCR, Platform on Disaster Displacement, Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement, Institute for Security Studies Africa and the World Bank. She lectures in international refugee law, regional refugee protection and Constitutional Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Journal articles

McAdam J; Wood T, 2021, 'The Concept of “International Protection” in the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration', Interventions: international journal of postcolonial studies, vol. 23, pp. 191 - 206

Wood T, 2019, 'Who is a Refugee in Africa? A Principled Framework for Interpreting and Applying Africa’s Expanded Refugee Definition', International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 31, pp. 290 - 320,

Ndonga Githinji E; Wood T, 2019, 'Prospects for the Global Compacts in Africa: Combining International Solidarity with Home-Grown Solutions', International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 30, pp. 699 - 703,

Wood TJ, 2015, 'Developing temporary protection in Africa', Forced Migration Review, vol. 49, pp. 23 - 23,

Wood TJ, 2014, 'Expanding Protection in Africa? Case Studies of the Implementation of the 1969 African Refugee Convention’s Expanded Refugee Definition', International Journal of Refugee Law, vol. 26, pp. 555 - 580,

McAdam J; Wood T, 2012, 'Australian Asylum Policy All at Sea: An analysis of plaintiff M70/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Australia-Malaysia arrangement', International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 61, pp. 274 - 300,

Book Chapters

Wood T, 2021, 'Defining ‘Refugees’: The International and Regional Refugee Definitions Compared and Contrasted', in Costello C; Foster M; McAdam J (ed.), Oxford Handbook for International Refugee Law (OUP, forthcoming 2021)

Wood T, 2019, 'The 1969 OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa’ in Satvinder Juss', in Juss SS (ed.), Research Handbook on International Refugee Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 16 - 30,

Wood TJ, 2014, 'The African War Refugee: Using IHL to Interpret the 1969 African Refugee Convention’s Expanded Refugee Definition', in Cantor D; Durieux J-F (ed.), Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, pp. 179 - 203,


McAdam J; Wood T; Bower E; Weerasinghe S, 2021, Submission to the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration on the impacts of climate change on migration, protection and resettlement

Wood T, 2020, The Role of Complementary Pathways in Refugee Protection, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney,

McAdam J; Wood T; Weerasinghe S; Bower E, 2020, Submission to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement in the context of Disasters and Climate Change,

Wood T; Higgins C, 2018, Special humanitarian intakes: enhancing protection through targeted refugee resettlement, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, Sydney,


Conference Presentations

Wood T, 2020, 'Climate change, displacement and refugee law', presented at Engaging Tales of Social Justice seminar, Global Climate Change Week, University of Tasmania, 19 October 2020

Wood T, 2020, 'Chair, Africa Research Group Panel', presented at Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, Emerging Scholars Network Workshop, 12 November 2020

Wood T, 2020, 'Applying Africa’s regional refugee definition to people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change', presented at Climate Litigation in Africa, 26 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

Wood T, 2020, New pact paves way for innovative solutions to disaster and climate change displacement in Africa

Wood T, 2019, Protecting people displaced by disasters and climate change: novel legal approaches in Africa

Wood T; Higgins C, 2018, Targeted resettlement is one way to implement Global Refugees Compact,