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Madeline Gleeson

Senior Research Fellow, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Sydney

Madeline Gleeson is a lawyer and Senior Research Fellow at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She specialises in international human rights and refugee law, with a particular focus on the law of State responsibility, the extraterritorial scope of human rights obligations, offshore processing and the protection of children.

Madeline has extensive experience working with forcibly displaced people around the world. She has previously worked on statelessness, refugees, human trafficking, labour migration and land grabbing with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Cambodia, and with the UNHCR and International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva. She also has human rights and refugee experience in South Africa and Indonesia.

Madeline is a John Monash Scholar and holds a Masters of International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She also holds a Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales, and a Diploma of Political Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix en Provence, France.

Madeline is the author of the award-winning book 'Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru' (NewSouth, 2016).


  • –present
    Research Associate, Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Australia