About us

Promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration.

a group photo of Kaldor team
The Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney is the world's leading research centre dedicated to the study of international refugee law.
Founded in October 2013, the Kaldor Centre undertakes rigorous research on the most pressing displacement issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, and contributes to public policy by promoting legal, sustainable and humane solutions to forced migration.
Through outstanding research and engagement, the Kaldor Centre is recognised as an intellectual powerhouse with global impact.

Why our work is important

More than 110 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes — the highest number since the Second World War.

As world leaders grapple with this challenge, there has never been a more important time for innovative and rigorous thinking to promote solutions. The Kaldor Centre’s evidence-based research, analysis and engagement bring a crucial, independent dimension to the debate.

Our areas of focus

  • Global

    We lead global research on displacement issues, shaping international law, policy and practice. We are renowned for expertise in refugee law and climate-induced displacement.

  • Regional

    We work to strengthen refugee protection in Asia-Pacific by shaping national systems and promoting regional cooperation.

  • National

    We lead principled refugee law and policy reform in Australia through rigorous legal analysis, comparative approaches and proposing alternatives.

This is a centre of excellence that makes a difference in so many ways, not only in the academic field but also down to very concrete examples of differences that are being made for refugee populations.
Thomas Albrecht
Regional Representative, UN High Commissioners for Refugees
The Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law is a unique centre of critical importance.  Millions of people all around the world are being forcibly displaced from their homes.  All of those who seek principled, practical and humane solutions to the complex and difficult problems faced by refugees everywhere, have a wonderful resource in the Kaldor Centre.

— Catherine Branson, AC KC