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International refugee lawyer and scholar, UNSW Sydney

Natasha Yacoub has worked on refugee protection for two decades in conflict and peacetime settings with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, including in Australia (covering Papua New Guinea and Nauru), Myanmar, UN Headquarters New York and the Sudan. She is a former member of the Refugee Review Tribunal of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in Australia, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Marburg in Germany, and a Master in Public International Law from the University of Melbourne. In 2018, she commenced doctoral study at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW Sydney. She teaches international refugee law at the University of London, and publishes on current issues in refugee protection.


  • 2001–2021
    International lawyer, United Nations
  • 2013–2015
    Refugee Review Tribunal, Decision-maker


  • 2015 
    University of Melbourne, Masters of Law (Public International Law)
  • 1998 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Law
  • 1997 
    University of Marburg, Bachelor Arts (Honours)


  • 2021
    Cruel, costly and ineffective: The failure of offshore processing in Australia,
  • 2021
    Rights Adrift: Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Women on the Andaman Sea ,
  • 2019
    Law and Ethics of Palliative Care in Humanitarian Emergencies,
  • 2012
    Protecting civilians at the Security Council: Responsibility or politics?,


Selected by UN Human Rights Council to be UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan in 2020 (mandate ended later prior to appointment in 2020)