Professor Michelle Foster


Michelle Foster is a Professor and the inaugural Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School. Michelle has published widely in the field of international refugee law, including International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation (CUP, 2007), and, with James C. Hathaway, The Law of Refugee Status, Second Edition, (CUP, 2014). Her latest book (co-authored with Hélène Lambert), International Refugee Law and the Protection of Stateless Persons, will be published by OUP in 2019. Michelle teaches Refugee Law and International Refugee Law at Melbourne Law School, and in 2017 taught in the International Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. She will direct the inaugural Statelessness Intensive Course at Melbourne Law School in February 2019.

Michelle has undertaken consultancy work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and training of refugee tribunal members in New Zealand and Australia. She is Editor in Chief (with Laura van Waas) of the Statelessness and Citizenship Review. Michelle is also an Advisory Board Member of the Melbourne Journal of International Law, an Associate Member of the International Association of Refugee and Migration Law Judges, and joint case editor (with Professor Hélène Lambert) of the International Journal of Refugee Law.  She is also a Board member of AMES Australia.

Michelle has LLM and SJD degrees from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Michigan Grotius Fellow. She also holds an LLB and BComm (Hons 1 and the University Medal) from the University of New South Wales. Prior to her graduate studies she worked for the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, as Research Director for the Hon AM Gleeson AC (then Chief Justice of NSW) and Legal Research Officer in the Chambers of the NSW Solicitor-General and Crown Advocate.


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