Study with us

Study with top scholars in the field of refugee law and forced migration.

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Are you passionate about refugee law? Do you want to know how climate change is impacting on people’s ability to stay in their homes? Have you always wondered what it means to seek asylum? Or whether the international protection regime is fit for purpose? Explore these questions and more through the range of study options below.

PhD and Masters by Research

We welcome PhD and Masters students wishing to undertake research in all areas of refugee law and forced migration. Please take a look at the profiles of our Centre members to see the kind of research we do. For further information, please see the UNSW Law & Justice's postgraduate research degrees.

See profiles of research candidates currently affiliated with the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Undergraduate courses

Centre members and affiliates teach a range of courses at UNSW related to forced migration. These include:

Undergraduate and Juris Doctor courses:

  • Forced Migration, Human Rights and International Law 

  • Australian Immigration Law and Practice

  • Federal Constitutional Law

  • Administrative Law

  • Principles of Public Law 

  • Law in the Global Context

  • Research thesis

Postgraduate courses

  • International Refugee Law 


The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law offers internships each semester for UNSW students enrolled in the Undergraduate Law or Juris Doctor program.

Interns support the Centre’s projects assisting with research projects, publications and events. The internship program provides an opportunity for students to learn about issues relating to refugees and others in need of protection in Australia, the region and globally, and to gain an understanding of the role of research in informing legal and policy change.

I have just completed my semester-long internship at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Law. This internship gave me with the opportunity to expand my understanding of how international refugee law is applied and understood in a domestic context.Throughout the semester, I was exposed to a wide range of projects that represented the diverse nature of the work undertaken by the Centre. These projects included researching the economic and social costs of Australia’s asylum seeker policies, drafting a submission to the Committee against Torture in regards to Australia’s adherence to the principle of non-refoulement, assisting with the Centre’s new website through the editing and drafting of content, and perhaps most unexpectedly engaging with high school students as part of Global Dignity Day. When viewed altogether, the many varied projects I was exposed to during my internship represent the breadth and diversity of work undertaken by the Centre.I am so grateful for the opportunity to work alongside and learn from the dedicated and hardworking staff of the Kaldor Centre and I hope to remain involved with the Centre in the future.’

— Nicholas Newlands, Social Justice Intern