Azadeh's main areas of research are international and domestic laws relating to
the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. She is particularly interested in the
interception of people seeking protection at sea; offshore and extraterritorial
processing; and immigration detention. Her latest book, United States Migrant
Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay (Cambridge University Press,
2015), examines the operation and legal implications of the United States’ Migrant
Interdiction Program on the high seas and in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. 

Azadeh has been a recipient of the WG Walker Fulbright Scholarship, presented to the
highest ranked postgraduate Fulbright scholar in Australia, and the Lionel Murphy
Scholarship. She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, a visiting scholar
at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and a
visiting fellow at the European University Institute. 

Azadeh is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and an Associate of the
Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. 



United States Migrant Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay (2015)

This book provides a thorough legal analysis of the United States Migrant Interdiction Program, examining...



Futureseekers II: Refugees and irregular migration in Australia (with Mary Crock and Ben Saul) (2006)

This book explores Australia’s ambivalent legal and political response to “irregular” migration, including the unplanned...


Contributions to Books


Breaching International Law: Immigration Detention in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Immigration Detention: migration of a policy and its human impact (2015)

In November 1991, the US began to detain refugees offshore at the Migrant Operations Centre...



Out of sight, out of right? Who can be held accountable for immigration detainees harmed on Nauru?, Asylum Seekers: International Perspectives on Interdiction and Deterrence (2008)

This paper argues that people subjected to offshore processing in Nauru who have been harmed...



Offshore Processing: An Australian Phenomenon?, Human Rights 2006: The Year in Review (2007)

In September of 2001, a ‘national crisis’ caused by a perceived influx of asylum seekers...


Journal Articles


Detention of Australia’s Asylum Seekers in Nauru: Is Deprivation of Liberty by Any Other Name Just as Unlawful?, University of New South Wales Law Journal (2015)

This article will examine the detention of Australia’s asylum seekers in Nauru. In particular, this...



Immigration Detention in Guantánamo Bay (Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon) (with Libbey Effeny), Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures (2012)

The detention facilities at the United States’ Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, 45 square miles...



Providing Mental Health Services and Psychiatric Care to Immigration Detainees: What Tort Law Requires (with Bernadette McSherry), Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (2009)

There is increasing evidence that the provision of mental health services is inadequate for immigration...



Swapping Refugees: The Implications of the ‘Atlantic Solution’, UTS Law Review (2008)

In a media release on 17 April 2007, Minister for Immigration, Kevin Andrews announced that...



Boatloads of Incongruity: The Evolution of Australia's Offshore Processing Regime (with Tania Penovic), Australian Journal of Human Rights (2007)

Almost six years on from the introduction of the Pacific Solution, the commitment of Australia’s...


Popular Press


Deterring and denying asylum seekers in Australia, CNN (2014)

Australia has long prided itself on its commitment to fairness. It is a signatory to...



Why Refugees Need Legal Aid, New Matilda (2014)

Studies show asylum seekers are more likely to have their refugee status recognised when they...


Submissions and Reports


Asylum seekers punished more every year, The 2014 Castan Human Rights Report (2014)