Researcher

Associate Professor Bassina Farbenblum

My Expertise

Labour migration and the rights of migrant workers, particularly in Asia, Australia and the U.S.; Migrant worker recruitment; Migrant workers' access to remedy; Exploitation of international students in Australia;  Technology and migrant workers; Business and human rights; Accountability for labour standards in supply chains; International human rights and domestic implementation; Asylum and refugee rights; Access to justice; Public interest litigation; Clinical legal education

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Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Bassina joined UNSW as in 2009 after a decade as a human rights litigator and clinical legal educator in New York, Mumbai, and Sydney. Bassina established, and currently directs, the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and is founding Co-Director of the global Migrant Worker Justice Initiative. Bassina has led numerous national and global research teams on the rights of migrant workers in Australia, Asia, the US and globally, working closely with civil...view more

Bassina joined UNSW as in 2009 after a decade as a human rights litigator and clinical legal educator in New York, Mumbai, and Sydney. Bassina established, and currently directs, the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and is founding Co-Director of the global Migrant Worker Justice Initiative. Bassina has led numerous national and global research teams on the rights of migrant workers in Australia, Asia, the US and globally, working closely with civil society, trade unions, business, governments, donors, and international organisations. Her research establishes an evidence base and theoretical frameworks for preventing exploitation of migrant workers and enabling access to justice under domestic and international law. Bassina's current research focuses in particular on the role of states, business, and education providers in preventing and addressing exploitative recruitment and employment practices, including the potential role of technology. Within the UNSW Human Rights Clinic, Bassina leads international litigation, law and policy reform initiatives and government training projects that advance the rights of refugees and migrants while training the next generation of human rights lawyers.

Before coming to UNSW Bassina practiced at the New York Bar and was a litigation attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, and at appellate law firm WilmerHale LLP, where she argued the first U.S. Court of Appeals case on the national-security exception to asylum. Bassina also directed a human rights clinical program at Seton Hall Law School. Previously, Bassina was a solicitor at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney, and a policy officer at the Australian Human Rights Commission.


My Grants

Information For Impact: Enabling Education Providers To Address Exploitation Of International Students In Accommodation And At Work (2018)(with L Berg), StudyNSW Partner Project Grant Scheme

Wage Theft in Australia (2017) (with L Berg), UNSW Law Research Support Program Grants Scheme

Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers (2017-18) (with L Berg), Open Society Foundations

Research on working conditions of UNSW international students (2016-17) (with L Berg), UNSW Grand Challenge on Migration

Research in relation to the Fair Work Ombudsman's International Students Engagement Strategy (2016) (with J Howe, A Reilly, L Berg, A Gamlen and G Tan), Fair Work Ombudsman

Migrant Workers' Access to Justice in Australia: An Empirical Assessment (2015) (with L Berg), UNSW Law Faculty Research Grants Program & UTS Law Faculty Research Grant

Open Society Foundations International Migration Initiative Fellowship (2014)

Regulation of the Labour Migration Recruitment Industry: A Human Rights Based Approach (2014) (with J Nolan), UNSW Law Faculty Research Grants Program

Asia-Middle East Migration Corridor Transnational Access to Justice Project - Grant 4 (2013), Open Society Foundations

Asia-Middle East Migration Corridor Transnational Access to Justice Project - Grant 3 (2012), Open Society Foundations

Asia-Middle East Migration Corridor Transnational Access to Justice Project - Grant 2 (2012), Open Society Foundations

Asia-Middle East Migration Corridor Transnational Access to Justice Project - Grant 1 (2011), Open Society Foundations

Migrant Workers' Access to Justice in Indonesia (2011), Tifa Foundation

Asia Human Rights Clinics Project (2010), University of New South Wales Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) Contestable Funding Scheme


My Qualifications

B.Sc./ LL.B. (UNSW), LL.M. (New York University)


My Awards

UNSW Law Faculty Award for Impact (2018)

Open Society Foundations International Migration Initiative Fellowship (2014)

New York University Global Public Interest Law Scholar (2003)

Lionel Murphy Scholarship (2003)

UNSW Alumni Graduand Award (2001)

 

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Location

Room 338
Law Building
UNSW Kensington Campus

Contact

+61 412 105 177