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​Niamh Kinchin (Australia)

​Niamh Kinchin (Australia)Niamh Kinchin is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Niamh teaches Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Refugee Law. From 2008-14 she was as a sessional lecturer at the University of Wollongong and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), teaching a variety of subjects including Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Torts and Contracts Law. Prior to teaching, she worked at the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as a legal officer. Niamh was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of NSW in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science from University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons Class 1) from Western Sydney University, a Masters of Administrative Law and Policy from University of Sydney and a PhD from UNSW. The title of Niamh's PhD is 'Accountability in the Global Space: Plurality, Complexity and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees'.

Research Focus

Niamh's primary research interests are in global accountability and administrative justice, administrative decision-making within the refugee context and constitutional interpretation within the international and Australian settings. Her current research includes projects on the potential and risks of artificial intelligence in refugee status determination, the accountability of UNHCR in a time of Global Compacts, the interpretation of the constitutions of international organizations, NGO participation in the United Nations (UN) and the evolution of constitutional principles in Australia. In December 2018, Niamh published a monograph with Edward Elgar Publishing (UK) focusing upon Administrative Justice within the UN.

Period of stay

October 15, 2019 – November 30, 2019