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Dr Daniel Ghezelbash

Law School Staff - Daniel Ghezelbash

Position: Senior Lecturer 
Tel: +61 (2) 9850 7042
Fax: +61 (2) 9850 7686
Location:  6 First Walk, Room 618




Daniel joined Macquarie Law School in 2014 where he teaches courses in administrative law, human rights and social justice advocacy. He is the founder and Director of the Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic. Prior to joining Macquarie Law School he was a Sessional Lecturer at Sydney Law School where he taught courses in refugee law at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Daniel's research focuses on comparative refugee and immigration law. He has a particular interest in the diffusion of restrictive asylum seeker policies across jurisdictions. He has spent time as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School.

Daniel holds a practicing certificate from the Law Society of NSW and is a registered not-for-profit migration agent. He is a Special Counsel at the National Justice Project. He also operates a pro bono immigration and refugee practice and sits on the board of a number of not-for-profit organisations delivering immigration advice and other services to asylum seekers and refugees.


BA (Hons I) (Sydney University), LLB (Hons I) (Sydney Law School); Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (ANU), PhD (Sydney Law School).

Teaching Responsibilities

LAWS478 - Macquarie University Social Justice Clinic

Research interests

Domestic, international, regional and comparative refugee law; domestic and comparative immigration law; administrative law; law of the sea; comparative law; legal transfers/transplants; international human rights law.

Postgraduate Research Degree Supervision

Supervision for Higher Degree Research leading to LLM, MPhil, and PhD may be available in any of the above areas.

Current Research Projects

  • Chief Investigator on the MQRDG funded project titled Comparative Perspectives on the Search and Rescue of Asylum Seekers and Migrants at Sea. A collaboration with Professor Natalie Klein (MQ), Professor Brian Opeskin (UTS) and Dr Violeta Moreno (Queen Mary) comparing law and practice in relation to the search and rescue of asylum seekers and migrants at sea in Europe and Australia. The pilot phase of the study is funded through a $50,000 Macquarie Research Development Grant.
  • Research Associate on the ARC funded International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) project, an interdisciplinary international project developing a database that compares migration
    law and policy across time and across countries. I am collaborating on the project with scholars from Harvard University, London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Luxemburg and the University of Sydney.
  • Migration Law TermFinder, a collaborative project with Macquarie University's Department of Linguistics developing an online tool explaining migration law terms in plain language for non-specialists.

Recent publications

  • Refuge Lost: Asylum Law in an Interdependent World (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • 'Legal Transfers of Restrictive Immigration Laws: A Historic Perspective' (2017) 66 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 235
  • 'Australian Refugee Policy and its Impacts on the Pacific' (2016) 36 Journal of Pacific Studies 73 (With Brian Opeskin)
  • 'Forces of Diffusion: What Drives the Transfer of Immigration Policy and Law Across Jurisdictions?' (2014) 1(2) International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 139
  • 'Policy Transfer in the Migration Field: Implications for Australian Practitioners' (2012) 2 Migration Australia 47
  • 'Due Process and Rule of Law as Human Rights: The High Court and the Offshore Processing of Asylum Seekers' (2011) 18(2) Australian Journal of Administrative Law 101 (With Mary Crock)
  • 'Do Loose Lips Bring Ships? The Role of Policy and Human Rights in Managing Unauthorised Boat Arrivals (2010) 19 Griffith Law Review 158 (With Mary Crock)
  • 'Selective Generosity: Migration Law and Policy in Australia' in Marie-Claire Foblets and Jean-Yves Carlier (eds), Law and Migration in International Perspective (Springer, forthcoming) (With Mary Crock and Sudrishti Reich)
  • 'Law as an Agent of Social Transformation: Trends in the Legal Regulation of Migration' in Stephen Castles et al (eds) Social Transformation and International Migration (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015) 269 (With the IMPALA Team)
  • 'Lessons in Exclusion: Interdiction and Extraterritorial Processing of Asylum Seekers in the United States and Australia' in Mariagiulia Guiffre, Lilian Tsourdi, Jean-Pierre Gauci (eds), Exploring the Boundaries of Refugee Law: Current Protection Challenges (Brill, 2015)
  •  'Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Myths and Realities of Mandatory Immigration Detention' in Diego Acosta and Anja Wiesbrock (eds), Global Migration Issues: Myths and Realities (Praeger International, 2015) (With Mary Crock)
  •  'Secret Immigration Business: Policy Transfers and the Tyranny of Deterrence Theory' in Satvinder S. Juss (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Theory and Policy (Ashgate, 2013) (With Mary Crock)