Jade Roberts


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Jade Roberts joined Melbourne Law School in August 2018. She is a PhD Candidate and a Lecturer and her research and teaching focuses on international law, statelessness, forced displacement and human rights.

Jade has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and International Relations and Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Western Australia (UWA), where she was a UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholar. She has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, is admitted as a solicitor in Victoria and has worked in the Social Justice Practice of Shine Lawyers.

Jade also has a Graduate Diploma in Australian Migration Law and Practice and served as a Registered Migration Agent assisting asylum seekers apply for protection with The Humanitarian Group and the Southern Communities Advocacy Legal and Education Service, two community law centres in Western Australia.

Jade has a Master’s in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and her master’s thesis examined international law responses to environmental displacement. She has lectured in international human rights law in Geneva with Murdoch University and has worked as an English language teacher, and she holds a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

Prior to joining Melbourne Law School, Jade worked in research roles with the Global Migration Centre, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. In 2018 she was a Research Associate on the ARC Discovery Project ‘Freedom and Inclusion in the Modern University’ with Professors Adrienne Stone and Carolyn Evans, culminating in the publication of Open Minds: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech in Australian Universities (La Trobe University Press/Black Inc Books 2021).

Jade also works on research projects with the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and is a co-managing editor of the Statelessness and Citizenship Review. Her PhD research examines alternative approaches to understanding and addressing statelessness in international law.

Memberships and affiliations

  • Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness
  • Institute for International Law and the Humanities
  • Co-managing editor of the Statelessness and Citizenship Review
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • American Society of International Law
  • European Society of International Law

Teaching (2023)