Jane McAdam

An expert in international refugee law, Jane McAdam’s research focuses on human rights law and climate change-related displacement. McAdam is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales. More information is available on her University of New South Wales website| View Full Bio

  • In the News

    [Pacific Island leaders] see refugee as a negative term that connotes victimhood and people in need of protection by the international community. For them it signifies that they've become people who don't have any agency or aren't able to contribute.

    September 6, 2014, Jane McAdam, Radio Australia
  • In the News

    [Refugee law] is about sharing obligations and protection—not about trying to get out of your obligations by moving somebody out of your line of sight.

    February 28, 2014, Jane McAdam, Radio Adelaide
  • In the News

    "Articles of Responsibility of States or Internationally Wrongful Acts" adopted by the United Nations in 2001 show that a country can contract out the processing of refugees but cannot contract its international obligation.

    February 27, 2014, Jane McAdam, ABC News Australia
  • In the News

    [In Australia] what we have happening in the political space is an attempt to demonize and criminalize asylum seekers so that the general public sees them as a problem, as a threat, and as criminals, rather than as people who are in need of protection and have a right to seek it. Asylum seekers aren't doing something that is illegal by a matter of international law.

    October 30, 2013, Jane McAdam, ABC News Australia
  • Interview | 95bFM (Australia Radio)

    October 18, 2013

  • In the News

    We need to be looking at adaptation, we need to be looking at migration as a form of adaptation, we need to be looking at disaster risk reduction and then, of course, we need to look at humanitarian protection and assistance.

    October 16, 2013, Jane McAdam, Reuters
  • In the News

    Internationally it's highly embarrassing for a country like Australia to have the UN Human Rights Committee say something like this (on Australia's refugee detention policy).

    August 23, 2013, Jane McAdam, ABC News Australia
  • Interview | The Wire

    May 3, 2013

  • In the News

    When you talk to people [of the Pacific nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu] they may say 'this is a beach or this used to be a piece of land that I play on as a kid but now you can see at high tide the water is encroaching and it's effectively under water.'

    April 26, 2013, Jane McAdam, SBS (Special Broadcasting Service - Australia)

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