The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law is a new research centre at Faculty of Law of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The Centre has been established through the generosity of Andrew Kaldor and Renata Kaldor, motivated by their deep concern about Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
Through high-quality research feeding into public policy debates and legislative reform, the Centre will bring a principled, human rights-based approach to the issue of refugee law and policy in Australia. It will provide an independent space to connect academics, policymakers and NGOs, and create an important bridge between scholarship and practice.
The Founding Director of the Centre is Professor Jane McAdam, Scientia Professor of Law at UNSW and a leading expert in international refugee law. She hopes the Centre will provide leadership in the asylum seeker debate. ”That has been missing from both sides of politics,” she said. ”From my perspective, it’s about holding governments to account for the international standards that Australia has voluntarily committed to.”