Associate Professor Azadeh Dastyari

Associate Professor Azadeh Dastyari

Associate Professor,
School of Law


Azadeh is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at Western Sydney University and a Director of the Network for Law and Human Rights. She researches in the areas of human rights, refugee rights, law of the sea and constitutional law.She is currently working on improving the application of human rights principles in public health emergencies such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Her research has a particular focus on the experiences of vulnerable groups such as older persons, Indigenous Australians and children. Azadeh also researches the regulation and control of dissent and protest.

Azadeh has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School (Fulbright and Lionel Murphy scholar); the European University Institute; Georgetown University and the University of Bologna. She is a former Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University.

Azadeh has developed training resources for UNHCR staff in the Middle East and North Africa Region on protection at sea. She is a partner on CONREP, an interdisciplinary network of experts from six universities in Australia and Europe researching the impact and effects of externalisation in two regions: Australia’s activities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific; and the European Union and its member states’ activities in North Africa. CONREP is funded by the European Union under the Eramus+ Programme-Jean Monnet Activities. Azadeh is also engaged in SAROBMED, a collaboration with researchers and NGOs in Australia and the EU to improve law and practice in relation to the search and rescue of boat migrants and refugees. 

Azadeh has appeared before Australian parliamentary committees to provide expert evidence on Australia's refugee policies and has been cited in a number of reports by Australian parliamentary committees. Azadeh has also been invited to speak on Australia's border protection regime before Members of the European Parliament, their staff and NGO representatives, and has provided expert advice to various political parties within the European Union.  

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  • PhD Monash University


  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Law and Society
  • Strategic Litigation
  • Effective Advocacy
  • Law Reform
  • Maritime Law
  • Refugee law and policy
  • Social Change

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law


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Location: EK.G.22

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200009 Constitutional Law, 2020



  • Dastyari, A. (2015), 'United States Migrant Interdiction and the Detention of Refugees in Guantanamo Bay', : Cambridge University Press 9781107101005.
  • Crock, M., Saul, B. and Dastyari, A. (2006), 'Future Seekers II: Refugees and Irregular Migration in Australia', : Federation Press 9871862876026.

Chapters in Books

  • Dastyari, A. and Hirsch, A. (2021), 'Australia's extraterritorial border control policies', Beyond Borders: The Human Rights of Noncitizens at Home and Abroad, Cambridge University Press 9781108843171.
  • Penovic, T. and Dastyari, A. (2016), 'Harm and accountability in transnational detention environments : the case of Australia's extraterritorial processing of asylum seekers', Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues, Oxford University Press 9780190222574.
  • Dastyari, A. (2015), 'Breaching international law : immigration detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba', Immigration Detention: The Migration of a Policy and its Human Impact, Routledge 9781138807563.
  • Dastyari, A. (2008), 'Out of sight, out of right? : who can be held accountable for detainees harmed on Nauru?', Asylum Seekers: International Perspectives on Interdiction and Deterrence, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781847184917.

Journal Articles

  • Hemmings, T. and Dastyari, A. (2021), 'A danger to protest : the freedom of peaceful assembly and disruptive protest under the Summary Offences and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (Qld)', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 27, no 2 , pp 330 - 351.
  • Dastyari, A. and Ghezelbash, D. (2020), 'Asylum at sea : the legality of shipboard refugee status determination procedures', International Journal of Refugee Law, vol 32, no 1 , pp 1 - 27.
  • Dastyari, A. (2020), 'Vitalising international human rights law as legal authority : freedom of expression enjoyed by Australian public servants and article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol 43, no 3 , pp 827 - 849.
  • Dastyari, A. and Renshaw, C. (2020), 'Frontline workers as human rights defenders : protecting the human rights of frontline workers in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic', UNSW Law Journal Forum, vol 6 .
  • Dastyari, A. and Hirsch, A. (2019), 'The ring of steel : extraterritorial migration controls in Indonesia and Libya and the complicity of Australia and Italy', Human Rights Law Review, vol 19, no 3 , pp 435 - 465.
  • Dastyari, A. (2018), 'Let the asylum seekers stay : strengths and weaknesses of church sanctuary as a strategy for law reform', Monash University Law Review, vol 44, no 2 , pp 341 - 359.
  • Dastyari, A. and O'Sullivan, M. (2016), '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)', Monash University Law Review, vol 42, no 2 , pp 308 - 338.
  • Dastyari, A. (2015), '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, vol 38, no 2 , pp 669 - 694.
  • Dastyari, A. and Effeney, L. (2012), 'Immigration detention in Guantanamo Bay (not going anywhere anytime soon)', Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, vol 6, no 2 , pp 49 - 65.
  • McSherry, B. and Dastyari, A. (2007), 'Providing mental health services and psychiatric care to immigration detainees : what tort law requires', Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, vol 14, no 2 , pp 260 - 271.
  • Penovic, T. and Dastyari, A. (2007), 'Boatloads of incongruity : the evolution of Australia's offshore processing regime', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 13, no 1 , pp 33 - 61.
  • Dastyari, A. (2007), 'Swapping refugees : the implications of the 'Atlantic Solution'', UTS Law Review, vol 9 , pp 93 - 105.

Conference Papers

  • Dastyari, A. (2006), 'Offshore processing : an Australian phenomenon?', Castan Centre for Human rights Law Conference, Melbourne, Vic..

I research in the areas of international governance and social justice. Specifically my work focuses on the international and domestic laws relating to the treatment of asylum seekers, refugees, irregular migrants and non-citizens more generally and the regulation and control of dissent. My writing has spanned the areas of comparative constitutional law, human rights law, refugee law, law and society and law of the sea.

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