Regina Jefferies

Regina Jefferies

Postgraduate Research Student
BA (cum laude), JD MSt (Oxon)

Scientia PhD Candidate & Teaching Fellow

Regina commenced her candidature as a Scientia PhD Scholar with the Faculty of Law, UNSW in 2017. She is an Affiliate of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, a member of the Steering Committee of the Forced Migration Research Network, and a member of the International Journal of Refugee Law, Case Law Editorial Team. Her PhD examines the role of street-level bureaucrats in transnational legal compliance with international refugee law through the use of social network analysis. She currently teaches Legal Research and Writing at UNSW and played a key role in the Digital Uplift of the Law in the Global Context core course.

Since 2007, Regina has worked in the fields of immigration, refugee, and international human rights law in the United States, including as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, as a Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and as an attorney in private practice in Arizona. Her op-eds have appeared in Just Security, The Conversation, and The Interpreter and, in 2018, she earned the National Advocate of the Year Award for her work in opposition to the Trump Travel Ban.

Areas of research

Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, Research Methods and Methodology, Critical Legal Studies, Social Network Analysis, Law and Technology


Andrew Byrnes, Guy Goodwin-Gill, Claire Higgins

Publications and presentations

Jefferies, R, Ghezelbash, D and Hirsch, A, ‘Assessing Refugee Protection Claims at Australian Airports: The Gap Between Law, Policy, and Practice’ (2020) 44(1) Melbourne University Law Review (forthcoming)

Jefferies, R, Ghezelbash, D and Hirsch, A, ‘Assessing Protection Claims at Airports: Developing procedures to meet international and domestic obligations’ (Policy Brief No 9, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law) forthcoming

Jefferies, R, ‘Data Quality and the Law of Refugee Protection in Australia’ (2019) 13 Court of Conscience 63

Jefferies, R, ‘Research Access and Adaptation in the Securitised Field of Australian Refugee and Asylum Law’ (2019) 2019(1) Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies 49

Jefferies, R, ‘One of These Things is Not Like the Other: An Analysis of Marriage Under the Immigration and Nationality Act’ (2012) 3 Law Journal for Social Justice 47

Daniel C. Barr, et al., ‘The Supreme Court of Arizona: Its 2004-2005 Decisions’ (2006) 38 Arizona State University Law Journal 189

Jefferies, R, ‘The Equitable Application of International Law: Revised Principles for a Solution to the Maasai Land Dispute’ (2005) 37 Arizona State University Law Journal 973