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Kieren McGuffin


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Dr McGuffin is happy to supervise postgraduate research students in the following areas:

Refugee Law

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Research interests

Kieren McGuffin’s PhD was entitled ‘Environmentally-related displacement in the context of climate change’.  The thesis focussed on: a) an interdisciplinary assessment of the complex, multi-faceted nature of environmentally-related displacement (and displacement more generally); b) the structure and nature of state obligations under relevant international legal instruments (these instruments considered included international refugee law and human rights based complementary protection regimes, international human rights law with a particular focus on the extra-territorial dimensions of economic social and cultural rights protections; c) obstacles to the extension of protection for environmentally-related displacees under existing legal regimes and/or via the creation of new international legal instruments; and d) lessons to be learned from other areas of international law, notably the structure of international environmental law bodies/instruments. Building on these foundations Kieren’s current research addresses irregular migration more generally, with a particular focus on the concept/nature of ‘vulnerability’.    

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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