Ms Madeline Gleeson

BInSt (UNSW) 

LLB (Hons) (UNSW)

Master of International Law (IHEID)

Madeline Gleeson is a lawyer and Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney, where she directs the Offshore Processing and Regional Protection projects.

Madeline specialises in international human rights and refugee law, with a focus on the law of State responsibility, extraterritorial human rights obligations, offshore processing on Nauru and Manus Island, and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific region.

She has extensive experience working with forcibly displaced people around the world. She has conducted research on asylum seekers and refugees, statelessness, human trafficking, labour migration and land grabbing with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia, and worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) in Geneva, Switzerland. She also has human rights experience in South Africa and Indonesia, and previously practiced as a solicitor in Australia.

Madeline holds a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; a Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) and Bachelor of International Studies from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia; and a Diploma in Political Studies (Certificat d’Etudes Politiques) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, France. She is admitted as a practitioner of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

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Books

Gleeson M, 2016, Offshore Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru, NewSouth

Gleeson M, 2012, State of Migration An Overview of Forced Displacement in Cambodia, Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia

Conference Papers

Gleeson M, 2018, 'Offshore processing of asylum seekers and the Australia-USA resettlement deal', Sydney Centre for International Law 2017 Year in Review Conference, Sydney University, presented at Sydney Centre for International Law 2017 Year in Review Conference, Sydney University, 23 February 2018

Gleeson M, 2017, 'Shared state responsibility and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific', Asian Society of International Law 6th Biennial Conference, Seoul, presented at Asian Society of International Law 6th Biennial Conference, Seoul, 25 August 2017

Gleeson M, 2017, 'Accountability and human rights protection at the international level', Law Council of Australia 2017 Immigration Law Conference, Sydney, presented at Law Council of Australia 2017 Immigration Law Conference, Sydney, 25 February 2017

Gleeson M, 2017, 'No place for a child', Australian Human Rights Centre's Workshop on Children’s Rights, UNSW Sydney, presented at Australian Human Rights Centre's Workshop on Children’s Rights, UNSW Sydney, 02 February 2017

Gleeson M, 2016, 'International refugee law and offshore processing of asylum seekers', Kirby Seminar on Health Needs of Refugees and Migrants, UNSW Sydney, presented at Kirby Seminar on Health Needs of Refugees and Migrants, UNSW Sydney, 09 December 2016

Gleeson M, 2016, 'From transit country to regional leader: Indonesia’s role in the search for a regional cooperation framework on displacement', 6th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia – Post-Reformasi Indonesia: The challenges of social inequalities and inclusion, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, presented at 6th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia – Post-Reformasi Indonesia: The challenges of social inequalities and inclusion, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, 26 July 2016

Gleeson M, 2016, 'Judging responsibility: the implications of Plaintiff M68 for international law and the future of offshore processing', 24th Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, presented at 24th Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 01 July 2016

Gleeson M, 2015, 'Australia’s offshore processing regime: responsibility and rights', Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law - Annual Conference 2015, UNSW Sydney, presented at Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law - Annual Conference 2015, UNSW Sydney, 20 November 2015

Gleeson M, 2015, 'International refugee law in 2014', Sydney Centre for International Law 2014 Year in Review Conference, Sydney University, presented at Sydney Centre for International Law 2014 Year in Review Conference, Sydney University, 06 February 2015

Creative Written Works

Gleeson M, 2017, IMAs and UMAs and SAMs: A powerful anthology about asylum seekers, Australian Book Review

Gleeson M, 2016, Searching for Truth in all the Hidden Places, Sydney PEN Magazine

Journal articles

Gleeson M, 2019, 'Monitoring places of immigration detention in Australia under OPCAT', Australian Journal of Human Rights, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1323238x.2019.1588059

Gleeson M, 2017, 'Unprecedented but Unfulfilled: Refugee Protection and Regional Responses to the Andaman Sea ‘Crisis’', Antropologi Indonesia, vol. 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.7454/ai.v38i1.8747

Gleeson M, 2012, 'Under development: property law, human rights and development in Cambodia', Property Law Review, vol. 2, pp. 114 - 114

Media

Gleeson M, 2017, Regional Cooperation on Refugee Protection: The Unanswered Questions, Middle East Institute, https://www.mei.edu/content/map/regional-cooperation-refugee-protection-unanswered-questions

Gleeson M, 2017, Manus detention centre: Australia is still responsible for these men — and those who haven't made it this far, ABC, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-01/manus-island-australia-still-responsible-for-these-men/9106804

Other

Gleeson M, 2017, Transfer Tracker, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/transfer-tracker

Gleeson M, 2017, Australia's role in the refugee compact, Lowy Institute, https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/australias-role-refugee-compact

Gleeson M, 2017, Australia’s use of offshore immigration detention

Gleeson M, 2016, The Australia-Cambodia Refugee Relocation Agreement Is Unique, But Does Little to Improve Protection, Migration Policy Institute, http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/australia-cambodia-refugee-relocation-agreement-unique-does-little-improve-protection

McAdam J; Saul B; Foster M; Gleeson M, 2016, Submission No 1 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 [Provisions], https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Migration%20Legislation%20Amendment%20(Regional%20Processing%20Cohort)%20Bill%202016%20Provisions_Submission_Final%20SENT.pdf

Gleeson M, 2016, Case note: Plaintiff M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Ors [2016] HCA 1, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Casenote_M68.pdf

Gleeson M, 2016, Case note: Plaintiff S99/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] FCA 483, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Casenote_S99.pdf

Gleeson M, 2016, Six months later: a reflection on what has changed since the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ordered an end to detention on Manus Island, http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/six-months-later-a-reflection-on-what-has-changed-since-the-supreme-court-of-papua-new-guinea-ordered-an-end-to-detention-on-manus-island/

Gleeson M, 2016, Offshore processing: failing those we should protect

Gleeson M, 2016, Single refugee women knew they were easy prey

Gleeson M, 2016, Manus Island: behind the wire, http://insidestory.org.au/manus-island-behind-the-wire

McAdam J; Foster M; Gleeson M, 2015, Submission No 4 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Submission04%20Legal%20and%20Constitutional%20Affairs%20Migration%20Amend%20Complementary%20Bill.pdf

Gleeson M, 2015, Submission No 60 to the Senate Select Committee on the Recent Allegations relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Select%20Committee%20-%20Kaldor%20Centre%20submission%20-%2030.04.15%20-%20FINAL.pdf

McAdam J; Foster M; Chia J; Gleeson M; Purcell K; Wadley D, 2014, Submission No 15 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Final%20legacy%20caseload%20sub%2031%2010%2014%20SENT.pdf

Reports

Gleeson M, 2018, European Responses to Forced Migration: 2015 – June 2018, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/ResearchBrief_EuropeanApproachesToForcedMigration_Final.pdf

Gleeson M, 2018, Refugee Status Determination in Nauru, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Research%20Brief_NauruRSD_Aug2018.pdf

Gleeson M, 2018, Refugee Status Determination on Manus Island, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Research%20Brief_ManusRSD_Aug2018.pdf

Gleeson M, 2018, Australia's Responsibility for Offshore Processing on Nauru and Manus Island, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Research%20brief_responsibility_Aug2018.pdf

Gleeson M, 2018, The Australia-Cambodia Refugee Deal, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Research%20Brief_Cambodia_Aug2018.pdf

Gleeson M, 2016, Where To From Here?: Report from the Expert Roundtable on regional cooperation and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Where_to_from_here.pdf

Awards, prizes and nominations

Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction (2017)
Longlisted, Stella Prize (2016)
UNSW Law Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (2016)
Longlisted, Walkley Book Award (2016)
Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards (The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award) (2016)
UNSW Faculty of Law Dean’s List of Excellence in Immigration Law and Practice (2009)

Scholarships

General Sir John Monash Scholarship for Postgraduate Study (2012 – 2014) 
 

International refugee law, international human rights law, offshore processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, State responsibility, extraterritorial human rights obligations, refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific region, Cambodia.

Currently Teaching

Forced Migration & Human Rights in International Law (LAWS3187)

Forced Migration & Human Rights in International Law (JURD7387)