Dr Daniel Ghezelbash
Associate Professor

Dr Daniel Ghezelbash

PhD (University of Sydney)

LLB (Hons I) (University of Sydney)

BA (Hons I) (University of Sydney)

Graduate Dip Legal Practice (ANU)

Law & Justice
School of Global & Public Law

Daniel is Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney, and an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow. He is an internationally recognised scholar of international and comparative refugee and migration law. His ARC DECRA project examines fast-track asylum policies, and whether it is possible to design procedures which are both fair and efficient. He has also published widely on the way restrictive asylum policies have spread around the world. This is the topic of his book, Refuge Lost: Asylum Law in an Interdependent World (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He has spent time as a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School.

His research transcends traditional disciplinary barriers, drawing on everything from law, computing, political science, behavioural psychology and data science.

Daniel is passionate about using technology to increase access to justice and to counter systemic discrimination and bias in the legal system. He is the co-lead of the Access to Justice and Technology Stream at the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation. He has been involved in establishing a number of initiatives using technology to increase access to justice, including Wallumatta Legal, a not-for-profit law firm which provides low-cost legal advice to family law litigants that would otherwise be unrepresented, and the Tech4Justice Complaints Platform, which aims to harness the power of complaint making to combat systemic discrimination in Australia. He is also one of the pioneers of computational and jurimetrics approaches to studying judicial decision-making in the Australian context. In his previous role, Ghezelbash founded and directed the award winning Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic and led the Law and AI stream at the Macquarie AI-enabled Processes Research Centre. 

Daniel is a practicing refugee lawyer. He is Special Counsel at the National Justice Project, and sits on the boards of a number of not-for-profit legal centres, including Refugee Advice and Casework Services (Vice-President) and Wallumatta Legal.

Daniel regularly features and published in domestic and international media outlets on refugee, migration, access to justice and legal technology issues. In 2021, he was selected for the ABC Top 5 Humanities Media Residency.

Room 147 The Law Building University of New South Wales UNSW Kensington Campus Sydney NSW 2052 Australia (Access via Gate 2 off High Street)

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Fast Track Asylum Procedures: Balancing Fairness and Efficiency (2022 – 2025)

NSW Government Access to Justice Innovation Fund, Tech4Justice Complaints Platform (2023 – 2024) (in collaboration with the National Justice Project and Portable)

UNDP,  Macquarie Law School Business and Human Rights Access to Justice Lab (2022 - 2023) (in collaboration with Surya Deva and Ebony Birchall)

Macquarie Research Accelerator Scheme, Were We All in This Together? Sub-national border closures during Covid-19 and the shifting scales of governance and resilience (2022 – 2023, with CIs Burridge, Howitt, Lloyd)

Macquarie Research Accelerator Scheme, Counteracting Cognitive and Social Biases Experienced by First Nations People in the Legal System (2021 – 2022, with CIs Beheshti, Ross and Levy)

Macquarie Centre for Agency and Values, Refugee Policy Messaging Project (2021 – 2022, with CIs Ross, Beheshti and Wodak)

DVCR Strategic Research Start-up Funding, Measuring the Impact of Advocacy Work Carried out by the Not-For-Profit Legal Sector (2019 – 2022)

Queen Mary’s HSS Collaboration Fund, Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROBMED) (2018)     

Macquarie Research Development Grant, Comparative Perspectives on the Search and Rescue of Migrants at Sea (2016 – 2018, with CIs Klein and Opeskin)

2022 - Financial Times Legal Innovation Award (Wallumatta Legal)

2021 - Macquarie Vice-Chancellor Research Excellence Award   

2018 - Macquarie Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award 

2018 - Macquarie Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Award

My Research Supervision

Keyvan Dorostkar, ‘Fast-Track: At what expense? Understanding how the fast-track system has operated 8 years on’ (Phd)

Anna Talbot, How has regional and domestic litigation advanced responses to the issue of human displacement in the context of climate change (DICCC), and where do gaps in litigation relating to DICCC remain?’ (PhD)