Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. 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. She was selected as a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program for 2017-18.
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.
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 Advisory Committee of the Platform on Disaster Displacement; and a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion. 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.