Ms Regina Jefferies

Ms. Jefferies is a Teaching Fellow and Scientia PhD Scholar at the University of New South Wales. She is also an affiliate of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration. Ms. Jefferies has more than 10 years of experience practicing asylum and refugee law before United States federal administrative agencies, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. In 2011, she earned her Master of Studies at the University of Oxford in international human rights law. Ms. Jefferies previously served as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Arizona Chapter Chair and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent-rated attorney.


Jefferies RM; Chan RL, 2018, Jefferies and Chan's Immigration Simulations: Bridge to Practice, 1, West Academic Publishing,

Journal articles

Jefferies R, 2019, 'Research Access and Adaptation in the Securitised Field of Australian Refugee and Asylum Law', Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, vol. 2019, pp. 49 - 53,

Jefferies R, 2019, 'Data Quality and the Law of Refugee Protection in Australia', Court of Conscience, vol. 13, pp. 63 - 63

Jefferies RM, 2012, 'One of These Things is Not Like the Other: An Analysis of Marriage Under the Immigration and Nationality Act', Law Journal for Social Justice,

Jefferies RM, 2006, 'The Supreme Court of Arizona: Its 2004-2005 Decisions', Arizona State Law Journal

Jefferies RM, 2005, 'The Equitable Application of International Law: Revised Principles for a Solution to the Maasai Land Dispute', Arizona State Law Journal

Jefferies R; Ghezelbash D; Hirsch A, 'Assessing Refugee Protection Claims at Australian Airports: The Gap Between Law, Policy, and Practice', SSRN Electronic Journal,


Jefferies R; Ghezelbash D; Hirsch A, 2020, Assessing Protection Claims at Airports: Developing procedures to meet international and domestic obligations, The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law,


Conference Presentations

Jefferies R, 2021, 'Street-level Bureaucrats in a Transnational Legal Process: Using Social Network Analysis to Visualise “Hidden” Decisions in Australian Asylum Law', presented at Osgoode GLSA Graduate Student Conference 2020-2021, 19 February 2021

Jefferies R; Crisp J; FitzGerald D; Richard AC, 2020, 'Immigration, Asylum, and National Security: A Comparative Perspective', presented at 2020 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium, Miller Center, University of Virginia, 26 October 2020,

Jefferies R, 2020, 'Ethics around researching Forced Migration', presented at Research Methods Workshop, Forced Migration Research Network and Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney, 27 November 2020

Jefferies R, 2020, 'Habitus and Transnational Legal Process in Australian Asylum Law', presented at Law and Society Association Annual Conference, 28 May 2020

Jefferies R, 2019, 'Street-level Bureaucrats, Discretion and Data: Pre-Screening Protection Claims at the Border', presented at Kaldor Centre Annual Conference 2019, 26 November 2019

Jefferies RM, 2017, 'The Case for Judicial Enforcement of the Fundamental Obligation of Non-Refoulement in the United States', presented at International Meeting on Law and Society, Mexico City, Mexico, 20 June 2017 - 23 June 2017

2018-2019 PLuS Alliance International Interdisciplinary Researcher

2018 National Advocate of the Year, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

2017 Special Recognition Award, Advocates for Human Rights

McAdam J; Jefferies R, 2021, Bring Them Home: Both the Law and Moral Duty Demand We Don’t Leave Australians Stranded in India,

McAdam J; Jefferies R, 2021, Who’s Being Allowed to Leave Australia during COVID? FOI Data Show It Is Murky and Arbitrary,

Ghezelbash D; Hirsch A; Jefferies R, 2020, With our borders shut, this is the ideal time to overhaul our asylum seeker policies,

Jefferies R, 2019, “Offshore Processing” in Guatemala: A Deeper Look at the U.S. Asylum Deal,

Jefferies R; Ghezelbash D, 2019, There’s no airport border “crisis”, only management failure of the Home Affairs department,

Hirsch A; Ghezelbash D; Jefferies R, 2019, We don’t know how many asylum seekers are turned away at Australian airports,

Jefferies R, 2019, US Supreme court has a duty to stop Trump’s travel ban,

Jefferies R, 2018, Tragedy of Errors: The Solicitor General, the Supreme Court and the Truth,