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Guy S Goodwin-Gill

MA, DPhil

Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

  • Honorary Professor of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law/Faculty of Law & Justice, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Guy S. Goodwin Gill is Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law/Faculty of Law & Justice, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (and was Acting Director of the Kaldor Centre from 2017–2018). From 2001–2018, he was a member of Blackstone Chambers, London, and practised as a Barrister in public international law generally, and in human rights, refugee and asylum law. He has worked extensively with the United Nations, including twelve years as a Legal Adviser with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to which he continues to provide advice from time to time. He has given evidence and provided legal opinions on refugees, statelessness and related matters to various parliamentary committees and generally, and provided numerous papers at conferences and seminars. He served as Co-Chair of the International Refugee Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law from 2017–2020, was a Patron of Asylum Aid from 2008–2018, a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) from 2007–2013, President of Refugee and Migrant Justice (formerly the Refugee Legal Centre) from 1997–2010, and President of the Media Appeals Board of Kosovo from 2000–2003. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Refugee Law and was Editor-in-Chief from 1989–2001. He has also advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Carter Center on elections and international law.

Recent publications over the past ten or so years include:

The Refugee in International Law, with Jane McAdam and Emma Dunlop, 4th edn., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021

Protection des migrants et des réfugiés au XXIe siècle: Aspects de droit international/Migration and Refugee Protection in the 21st Century: International Legal Aspects, with Philippe Weckel, eds., Hague Academy of International Law, Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2015

‘The Protection of the Refugee in International Law’, in Giuseppe Cataldi and Peter Hilpold, eds., Migration and Asylum Policies Systems’ National and Supranational Regimes: The General Framework and the Way Forward, Naples: Editoriale Scientifica s.r.l., 2023, 43–55

‘International Refugee Law in the Early Years’, in Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster and Jane McAdam, eds., Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021, Ch. 1, 23-42

‘United Nations Treaty-Making: Refugees and Stateless Persons’, in Simon Chesterman, David Malone, and Santiago Villalpando, eds., Oxford Handbook of United Nations Treaties, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, Ch. 22, 427-49

‘Asylum (Colombia v. Peru), 1949 and Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 20 November 1950 in the Asylum Case (Colombia v. Peru), 1950’, in Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida and Jean-Marc Sorel, eds., Latin America and the International Court of Justice: Contributions to International Law, London: Routledge, 2017, 170-82

‘Setting the Scene: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants at Sea – The Need for a Long-Term, Protection-Centred Vision’, in Violeta Moreno-Lax and Efthymios Papastavridis, eds., ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2017, 17-31

‘Introductory Note to Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Republic of Rwanda’, (2023) 62 International Legal Materials 166–181

‘The Lawyer and the Refugee’, (2021) 39 Berkeley Journal of International Law 1–17:

‘The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Sources of International Refugee Law’, (2020) 69 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 1-41:

‘The Global Compacts and the Future of Refugee and Migrant Protection in the Asia Pacific Region’, (2018) 30 International Journal of Refugee Law 674-683:

‘Editorial: 2017:  The Year in Review’, (2018) 30 International Journal of Refugee Law 1-7:

‘The Movements of People between States in the 21st Century: An Agenda for Urgent Institutional Change’, (2016) 28 International Journal of Refugee Law 679-694:

‘The Mediterranean Papers: Athens, Naples, and Istanbul’, (2016) 28 International Journal of Refugee Law 276-309:

‘The Continuing Relevance of International Refugee Law in a Globalized World’, (2015) 10 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 25-42

‘Introductory Notes’ to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness and the 1967 UN Declaration on Territorial Asylum in the ‘Historic Archives’ section of the UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law :

‘Current Challenges in Refugee Law’, in Jean-Pierre Gauci, Mariagiulia Giuffré and Evangelina (Lilian) Tsourdi, eds., Exploring the Boundaries of Refugee Law: Current Protection Challenges, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2015, 9-28

Non-Refoulement, Temporary Refuge, and the “New” Asylum Seekers’, in David Cantor and Jean-François Durieux, eds., Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Leiden: Brill Nijhoff, 2014, 433-59

‘The International Law of Refugee Protection’, in Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Gil Loescher, Katy Long and Nando Sigona, eds., Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, 36-47

‘Palestine, UN Membership and Popular Representation: International Legal Challenges and Strategic Options’, in M. Qafisheh, ed., Palestine Membership in the United Nations: Legal and Practical Implications, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 30-44.