Anna Talbot

Anna Talbot

PhD candidate
LLB (Hons)(ANU); BA (ANU); LLM (Excellence)(UNSW); GDLP (College of Law)

Anna teaches and researches in public international law (international human rights law and international refugee law). She is completing a PhD with the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney, focusing on how the right to life can protect people at risk of displacement (or already displaced) in the context of climate change. She also coordinates the Strategic Litigation Network for the Kaldor Centre, connecting lawyers and academics to support litigation relevant to refugees.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Anna worked as a litigation solicitor, having conducted complex strategic human rights litigation in various courts throughout Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe. She has been involved in precedent-setting cases, including to secure urgent, life-saving medical care for refugee children detained offshore by the Australian government, release from indefinite immigration detention, and compensation for survivors of torture and sexual violence in Kenya. Earlier, while living in London, Anna represented Amnesty International at the United Nations in Geneva and New York, focusing on expert human rights mechanisms.

Anna has appeared as an expert witness before Australian Parliamentary inquiries and served as a member of the Law Society of NSW’s Human Rights Law Committee. She has published widely, including on refugee and human rights issues and presented at conferences on domestic and international law.

Research topic

The right to life and displacement in the context of climate change

Anna’s thesis examines how the right to life can offer protection to people at risk of displacement (or already displaced) in the context of climate change. Specifically, it explores how transnational judicial dialogue (the dialogue that occurs either overtly or covertly between domestic, regional and international courts) has shaped, and can continue to shape, the right to life as it is invoked to protect people at risk of this form of displacement.


Scientia Professor Jane McAdam

Associate Professor Daniel Ghezelbash

Areas of interest

Public International Law; International Human Rights Law; International Refugee Law; Tort Law

Presenter, 2023 Queenwood Leadership Conference, International Refugee Law

Panellist, 2022 Kaldor Centre Conference, ‘Turning points: New directions in refugee protection

Presenter, 2016 Australian Lawyers Alliance Conference, Offshore Detention and Workplace Health and Safety

Presenter, 2016 Australian Lawyers for Human Rights training, Engaging with Expert UN Human Rights Mechanisms