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Professor Jane McAdam

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Sydney), DPhil (Oxford)

Elected: 2016

Discipline: Law

Specialisation: International refugee law; forced migration; climate change; disasters and displacement


Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change and mobility. She is a Research Associate at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, a Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative in London, and was a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC from 2012-2016.  She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. She serves on a number of international committees, including as Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Associations's Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise; a member of the Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion.  In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.


Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Refugee Law (2014-)

Advisory Committee, Platform on Disaster Displacement (2016-)

Co-Rapporteur, International Law Association Committee on International Law & Sea-Level Rise (2013-)

Consultative Committee, Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross Border Displacement (2012-15)

Advisory Council of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (2015-)

Advisor, World Bank Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration (2014-)

Advisory Board, Asia Pacific Environment & Migration Network (IOM/ADB) (2012-)

International Bar Association Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights (2013-15)

Associate Rapporteur, Convention Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection Working Party, International Association of Refugee Law Judges (2006-13)


ARC Future Fellow (2012-15)

Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law School Human Rights Program (2017-18)

Associated Senior Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo (2014-)

Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution, Washington DC (2012-16)

Senior Research Associate, Refugee Law Initiative, University of London (2012-)

Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford (2008-)

Winner of 'Global' category of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's 100 Women of Influence awards (2015)


Jane McAdam, ‘“Under Two Jurisdictions”: Immigration, Citizenship and Self-Governance in Cross-Border
Community Relocations’
(2016) 34 Law and History Review 281–333

Jane McAdam, ‘Historical Cross-Border Relocations in the Pacific: Lessons for Planned Relocations in the
Context of Climate Change
’ (2014) 49 Journal of Pacific History 301–27

Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong, Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum Is Legal and Australia’s Policies Are Not (UNSW Press, Sydney, 2014) (226pp)

Jane McAdam, ‘Rethinking the Origins of “Persecution” in Refugee Law’ (2013) 25 International Journal of
Refugee Law 667–92

Jane McAdam, Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law (OUP, Oxford, 2012) (319pp); paperback
edn 2013 (344pp)

For a full listing of publications, please see http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/profile/jane-mcadam/publications


Website: www.law.unsw.edu.au/profile/jane-mcadam
Email: j.mcadam [at] unsw.edu.au
Work Phone: 02 9385 2210

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