Prof. Jane McAdam





Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW.  She 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, 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 in Washington DC from 2012–16.

Professor McAdam publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a particular focus on climate change and mobility.  She has published nine books, over 60 academic articles and chapters, and is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law, the leading journal in the field. 

She 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 Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. 

Professor McAdam was honoured as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013, and in 2015 was named among Australia’s top ten Women of Influence, winning the ‘global’ category of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence awards.  In 2017, she was one of four finalists for the NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year.

Professor McAdam holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and first class honours degrees in law and history from the University of Sydney. In 2017–18, she will be a Visiting Fellow in the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program.  

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