Professor Jane McAdam


Safe zones for people caught up in areas of conflict are no substitute for asylum in another country, a new Policy Brief issued by UNSW's Kaldor Centre warns.


UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk will launch UNSW’s Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants with a rare public address on Friday 18 November.


With existing EU laws struggling to deal with the challenges of the recent refugee influx, Jane McAdam argues that international cooperation – not unilateralism – is the only way forward.

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The European Commission is “spot on” for shunning offshore processing of asylum seekers, according to UNSW international refugee law expert Professor Jane McAdam.

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The High Court decision on asylum seekers detained at sea turned on a technical reading of statutory provisions. The fact remains that Australia is accountable internationally for its actions, writes Jane McAdam.

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Yes, the newly announced visas are prefereable to indefinite offshore detention. But this is not how humanitarian refugee protection is meant to work, write Jane McAdam and Kerry Murphy.

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The Federal Government is trying to put a positive spin on the fact that it wants to make it even harder for asylum seekers to find protection in accordance with international law, writes Jane McAdam.

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Admiral Chris Barrie has described Australia’s asylum seeker policies and treatment of refugees as “a mess” which reflects badly on all Australians. 

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If we are to develop a sustainable, long-term approach to asylum seeker policy, we need to have a new conversation that draws on the common sense, generosity and pragmatism of ordinary Australians, write Jane McAdam, Travers McLeod and Bob Douglas.

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If the government succeeds in scrapping complementary protection laws for asylum seekers important checks and balances will be removed, and enormous inefficiencies created in a system that is already choked, writes Jane McAdam.