Prof. Jane McAdam





Jane McAdam AO BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) (Sydney) DPhil (Oxford) is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. She is a Fellow of both the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law. She has held visiting appointments at Oxford and Harvard, and was previously a non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution in Washington DC (2012–16). Professor McAdam publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on mobility in the context of climate change and disasters. She serves on multiple international committees and is joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. In 2021, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) ‘for distinguished service to international refugee law, particularly to climate change and the displacement of people’.

Publications/recent projects:

  • M Foster, J McAdam and D Wadley, 'The Protection of Stateless Persons in Australian Law: The Rationale for a Statelessness Status Determination Procedure' (2017) 40 Melbourne University Law Review 401–55
  • M Foster, J McAdam and D Wadley, 'The Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness in Australian Law: An On-Going Challenge' (2017) 40 Melbourne University Law Review 456–505
  • J McAdam, 'From the Nansen Initiative to the Platform on Disaster Displacement: Shaping International Approaches to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement' (2016) 39 UNSW Law Journal 1518-46 
  • J McAdam, 'The High Price of Resettlement: The Proposed Environmental Relocation of Nauru to Australia' (2017) 48 Australian Geographer 7-16
  • J McAdam, 'Guy S Goodwin-Gill: The International Refugee Law Scholar' (2016) 28 International Journal of Refugee Law 552-63