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Azadeh Dastyari is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. She has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, the European University Institute, Georgetown University and the University of Bologna. Dr Dastyari'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. Dr Dastyari serves on the advisory council for Refugees Deeply. Her current projects include working with rescue NGOs, practitioners and EU bodies, for the establishment of a Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean and the creation of learning materials on search and rescue and interception at sea for UNHCR. 

Sample Publications 


The United States Migrant Interdiction Program in International Waters and the Detention of Refugees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Future Seekers II: Refugees and Irregular Migration in Australia (Federation Press, 2006) (co-authors Mary Crock and Ben Saul).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

‘Not for Export: The Failure of Australia’s Extraterritorial Processing Regime in Papua New Guinea and the Decision of the PNG Supreme Court in Namah’ (2016) 42(2) Monash Law Review 308. (co-authored with Maria O’Sullivan).

‘Detention of Australia’s Asylum Seekers in Nauru: Is Deprivation of Liberty by Any Other Name Just as Unlawful?’  (2015) 38(2) UNSW Law Journal  669.

‘Immigration Detention in Guantánamo Bay: (Not going anywhere anytime soon)’ (2012) 6 Shima 49 (co‑authored with Libbey Effeny).

‘Swapping Refugees: The Implications of the “Atlantic Solution”’ (2008) 9 UTS Law Review 93.

‘Boatloads of Incongruity: The Evolution of Australia’s Offshore Processing Regime’ (2007) 12(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights 33 (co‑authored with Tania Penovic).

‘Providing Mental Health Services and Psychiatric Care to Immigration Detainees: What Tort Law Requires’ (2007) 14 (2) Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 260 (co‑authored with Bernadette McSherry).

Book Chapters

‘Harm and Accountability in Transnational Detention Environments: the Case of Australia’s Extraterritorial Processing of Asylum Seekers’ in Rich Furman, Alissa Ackerman and Douglas Epps (eds) Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues (Oxford University Press, 2016)  (co-authored with Tania Penovic).

‘Breaching International Law: Immigration Detention in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba’ in Amy Nethery and Stephanie Silverman (eds) Immigration Detention: migration of a policy and its human impact (Routledge, 2015).

‘Offshore Processing: An Australian Phenomenon?’ in Marius Smith (ed) Human Rights 2006: The Year in Review (Castan Centre, 2007).

‘Out of Sight, Out of Right?: Who can be held accountable for Immigration Detainees Harmed on Nauru?’ in Linda Briskman and Alperhan Babacan (eds) Asylum Seekers: International Perspectives on Interdiction and Deterrence (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

Other Publications

‘Book Review: The Liberty of Non-citizens: Indefinite Detention in Commonwealth Countries, Rayner Thwaites’ (2014) 21 Australian Journal of Administrative Law 230. 

‘Asylum seekers punished more every year’ The 2014 Castan Human Rights Report (Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, 2014).

‘PNG plan for asylum seekers’ (2013) 38 (3) Alternative Law Journal 191.

‘Change of Status Options for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants Holding Temporary Visas’ (2004) 22 Immigration Review 358.


External positions

Advisory Council, Refugees Deeply

Research area keywords

  • Asylum Seekers
  • Refugees
  • Human Rights
  • Offshore
  • Extraterritorial
  • Nauru
  • Manus Island
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Detention

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The Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies

Murray, P., O'Sullivan, M., Nethery, A., Dastyari, A., Hirsch, A., Lavenex, S., Musarò, P., Borraccetti, M., Ferri , F., Tubakovic, T., Loughnan, C., Soderstrom, K. & Noll, G.

Monash University – Internal University Contribution

Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2018

European plans for refugee 'floating reception centres' will endanger lives

Dastyari, A. & Ghezelbash, D., 20 Sep 2018, ABC Online.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Explainer: why is Australia adopting the global refugee compact but not the migration compact?

Dastyari, A., 11 Dec 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Processing centres in North Africa are not the answer for EU refugees

Dastyari, A., 15 Sep 2017, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Refugee Women on Nauru

Dastyari, A., 16 Oct 2017, Themis Says.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Trump's tweet leaves Turnbull with no option but to bring the refugees here

Dastyari, A., 3 Feb 2017, The Age, Fairfax Media.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Activities 2006 2017

  • 18 Contribution to conference
  • 3 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 2 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

EU's Externalisation of Borders: Expert evidence provided at the EU Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Azadeh Dastyari (Speaker)
5 Dec 2017

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Australia’s immigration policies and the EU

Azadeh Dastyari (Keynote/plenary speaker)
2 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Humanitarian Communication and Australia's Refugee Policies

Azadeh Dastyari (Keynote/plenary speaker)
8 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Law of Protest Roundtable 2017

Azadeh Dastyari (Organiser), Maria Josephine O'Sullivan (Organiser), Douglas James Adrian Guilfoyle (Organiser)
2 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

The Role of Human Rights Research

Azadeh Dastyari (Speaker)
27 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference