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Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

MA, DPhil
Emeritus Fellow since 2014
I am an international lawyer, and interested primarily with the legal aspects of refugee flows, migration, and forced displacement. Together with Professor Jane McAdam (University of New South Wales) and assisted by Emma Dunlop, I have recently submitted a fourth, expanded edition of The Refugee in International Law, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. I am also involved with related issues, including statelessness, deprivation of citizenship, ‘counter-terrorism’, and the challenges to human rights raised by the widespread emphasis globally on ‘securitisation’, and more recently as a consequence of COVID-19. In addition, I remain particularly interested in the activities of international and regional organisations, both in contributing to the resolution of humanitarian problems and as potentially ‘representative’ forums. I practised as a Barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London, from 2002-2018, and since July 2017, I have been Professor in the Faculty of Law and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales. In February 2020, I was awarded the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Memorial Award for contributions to international law and international refugee law.

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Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill
  • Background

    • Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College (from 2014)
    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2002 to 2014)
    • Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford (from 1998 to 2014)
    • Rubin Director of Research, Institute of European Studies, University of Oxford (from 1997 to 2002)
    • Professor of Asylum Law, University of Amsterdam (from 1994 to 1999)
    • Professor of Law, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (from 1989 to 1997)
    • Senior Legal Research Officer and variously Legal Adviser, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, London, Sydney, Geneva (from 1976 to 1988)
    • Visiting Lecturer, Public International Law, Kingston Polytechnic, Kingston-upon-Thames (from 1973 to 1976)
    • Lecturer, later Senior Lecturer, The College of Law, London (from 1971 to 1976)
    • Undergraduate and Postgraduate, Wadham College, Oxford (from 1965 to 1974)
  • Research interests

    • Public international law, with particular interests in immigration, refugees, statelessness and asylum, the use of force, elections and electoral standards