Dr Claire   Higgins
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Claire Higgins

Law & Justice
Sch of Global&Public Law

Dr. Claire Higgins is an historian and Senior Research Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Law. Claire is also an Affiliate Scholar at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration. She holds a doctorate in History from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Clarendon Scholar, and is the author of Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth, 2017). Claire holds a Australian Research Council DECRA to research the history of on in-country programs and other protected entry procedures for refugees. In 2018 Claire was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at Georgetown University undertaking comparative research on the history of the U.S. refugee admissions program. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in 2017, Claire researched Italy’s innovative Humanitarian Corridors program which enables Syrian asylum seekers to safely claim protection in Italy.  Claire founded and convenes the Kaldor Centre’s Emerging Scholars Network.

Phone
02 93852250

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2019, 'In-country programs: the procedure and politics of an additional pathway to protection', in Research Handbook on International Refugee Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 44 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9780857932815.00010
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2019, 'In-Country Programs', in Juss SS (ed.), Research Handbook on International Refugee Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/research-handbook-on-international-refugee-law-9780857932808.html
    Books | 2017
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2017, Asylum by Boat: origins of Australia's refugee policy, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2016, 'The (un-)sustainability of Australia’s offshore processing and settlement policy', in Moreno-Lax V; Papastavridis E (ed.), Boat Refugees and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, edn. International Refugee Law Series, Brill, London, ENGLAND, pp. 303 - 326, http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004300750_014
    Book Chapters | 2007
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2007, 'The relationship between textile and clothing workers and their trade unions', in The Time of Their Lives: the eight hour day and working life, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Melbourne, pp. 123 - 135
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2018, 'Revisiting Reception', History Australia, vol. 15, pp. 834 - 835, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14490854.2018.1515588
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Betts J; Higgins C, 2017, 'The Sri Lankan Civil War and Australia's Migration Policy Response: A Historical Case Study with Contemporary Implications', Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, vol. 4, pp. 272 - 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/app5.181
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2016, 'New Evidence on refugee status determination in Australia, 1978-1983', Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 35, pp. 71 - 93, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdw008
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2016, 'Status determination of Indochinese boat arrivals: a balancing act in Australia', Journal of Refugee Studies, vol. 30, pp. 89 - 105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fev036
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2014, 'Australia's little known in-country programme in latin America', Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol. 33, pp. 8 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdt021
  • Reports | 2020
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2020, Protecting Refugees and Australia's Interests, ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, http://sdsc.bellschool.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/publications/attachments/2020-03/cog_51_web.pdf
    Reports | 2019
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2019, Safe Journeys and Sound Policy: Expanding Protected Entry for Refugees, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, Policy Brief no. 8, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/Policy_Brief_8_Protected_Entry.pdf
    Reports | 2018
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Wood T; Higgins C, 2018, Special humanitarian intakes: enhancing protection through targeted refugee resettlement, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, Sydney, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/policy-brief-7-special-humanitarian-intakes-enhancing-protection-through-targeted
    Reports | 2015
    Dr Claire Higgins
    McAdam J; Appleby G; Higgins C, 2015, Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law; Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW, Sydney, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/submission%20Migration%20Amendment%20Maintaining%20the%20Good%20Order%20of%20Immigration%20Detention%20Facilities%20Bill%202015.pdf
    Reports | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM; Douglas B; Keski-Nummi A; McAdam J; McLeod T, 2014, Beyond the Boats: Building an Asylum and Refugee Policy for the Long Term
    Reports | 2009
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2009, Offshore refugees: settlement experiences of humanitarian arrivals in Australia, Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Victoria, Melbourne, https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/28883349?selectedversion=NBD44665838
  • Other | 2020
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2020, Complementary refugee pathways: Protected entry schemes, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/incountry-processing-and-other-protected-entry-procedures
    Other | 2020
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2020, Refugees and asylum seekers: was the federal budget a missed opportunity?, https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/business-law/refugees-and-asylum-seekers-was-federal-budget-missed-opportunity
    Other | 2020
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C; Brizar M, 2020, Complementary refugee pathways: Labour mobility schemes, https://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/publication/complementary-refugee-pathways-labour-mobility-schemes
    Conference Presentations | 2020
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2020, 'Between Humanitarianism and Closure: International Refugee Policies since the Late 1970s - Australia', presented at American Historical Association annual meeting, New York, 03 January 2020 - 06 January 2020, https://aha.confex.com/aha/2020/webprogram/start.html
    Other | 2019
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2019, Protected Entry: a safer alternative pathway, UNHCR GCR Digital Platform, https://www.globalcompactrefugees.org/index.php/article/protected-entry-safer-alternative-pathway
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2019, 'Complementary pathways for admission under the GCR: a study of in-country processing and protected entry procedures', presented at UNHCR GCR Academic Interdisciplinary Network, Geneva, 13 November 2019 - 13 November 2019
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2019, 'Opening the embassy doors', presented at Australian Historical Association annual conference, University of Southern Queensland, 08 July 2019 - 12 July 2019, https://www.theaha.org.au/aha-conference-2019-local-communities-global-networks/
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2018, 'How Italy's Humanitarian Corridors have created pathways to protection in Europe', presented at Liechtenstein Institute on Self-determination at Princeton University, Princeton University, 19 April 2018 - 19 April 2018, https://lisd.princeton.edu/events/how-italys-humanitarian-corridors-have-created-pathways-protection-europe
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2018, 'How Italy's Humanitarian Corridors have created pathways to protection in Europe', presented at International Conference on Refugee Policies and Refugee Movements, UCLA, 16 February 2018 - 16 February 2018, http://www.international.ucla.edu/migration/event/12963
    Conference Presentations | 2018
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2018, 'How Italy's Humanitarian Corridors have created pathways to protection in Europe', presented at CCIS Seminar Series, University of California San Diego, 14 February 2018 - 14 February 2018, https://ccis.ucsd.edu/_files/Event%20Flyers-Programs-Agendas/Claire_Higgins_Publisher.pdf
    Other | 2017
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C; Wootten H, 2017, Editorial
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2016, 'The merits of in-country processing: lessons from Canadian and Australian refugee policy history', presented at Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries, University of Melbourne, 06 October 2016 - 08 October 2016
    Other | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins C, 2016, Australian community attitudes to asylum seekers and refugees
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2016, 'Pathway to protection or control measure? Historical research on in-country processing', presented at Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, Poznan, Poland, 12 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2016, 'Is there a future for in-country processing? Evidence from United States, Canadian and Australian history', presented at Refugee Law Initiative First Annual Conference, University of London, 29 June 2016 - 01 July 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2016
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2016, 'Australia’s in-country programs: a new perspective on the Department of Immigration’s approach to refugee policy and its relationship with Foreign Affairs', presented at Symposium: The Commonwealth Department of Immigration: Then and Now, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 19 February 2016 - 19 February 2016
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2015, 'Australian refugee policy: a means to what end?', presented at Comparative Asylum Conference, UC San Diego, 30 November 2015 - 30 November 2015
    Conference Presentations | 2015
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2015, 'Towards a new understanding of the Fraser government’s refugee policy', presented at Australian Historical Association annual conference, University of Sydney, 08 July 2015 - 09 July 2015
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2014, ‘Australia should resume processing refugees in their own countries’, Sydney Morning Herald, Published: 03 November 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2014, 'Operation Sovereign Borders: a sustainable policy approach?', presented at 'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, University of London, 23 June 2014 - 24 June 2014
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2014, ‘International legal obligations once shaped our refugee policy’, http://johnmenadue.com/blog/?p=2592, Published: 23 October 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2014, 'A politically sensitive rescue mission: Australia's little known in-country program', presented at Between Principle and Pragmatism: Australia and Refugee Law, 60 Years On, UNSW, 03 November 2014 - 03 November 2014
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Claire Higgins
    Higgins CM, 2014, 'The cost and the controversy of Australia's Operation Sovereign Borders', presented at Centre for Refugee Studies seminar, York University, Toronto, 01 October 2014 - 01 October 2014

Awards

Grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2020, 'Protected entry for asylum seekers in history and international refugee law'.

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