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Jane McAdam


Scientia Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

Biography

Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and the leader of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants. Professor McAdam is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Research Associate at Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, an Associated Senior Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and 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, Washington DC from 2012-16. In 2017-18, she will be a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.    

Professor McAdam has a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and first class honours degrees in law and history from the University of Sydney. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change, disasters and displacement. She has special expertise on cross-border relocations, especially in the Pacific, and a keen interest in the global history of refugee and migration law. Her research has been supported by a number of Australian Research Council grants, including a prestigious Future Fellowship (2012-15). She has published nine books, over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, and hundreds of other publications, presentations and parliamentary submissions. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. 

Professor McAdam serves on a number of international committees, including as Co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on International Law and Sea-Level Rise; a member of the Consultative Committee of the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Migration and Environment Network. She has been an expert advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; the International Organization for Migration; and the World Bank’s Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration. In 2013, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2015, she was honoured as one of Australia's top ten Women of Influence, winning the 'global' category of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's 100 Women of Influence awards.

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