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. Azadeh has expertise in international human rights and refugee law with a particular interest in the externalisation of border control measures by Australia, the US and the EU. She has a PhD in international refugee law and has written widely on externalisation of border control policies. 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.
Azadeh serves on the advisory council for Refugees Deeply. She has provided training resources for UNHCR staff in the Middle East and North Africa Region on protection at sea and is a member of the SAR Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROMBED) which aims to monitor and report on protection of irregular migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean. Azadeh has been invited to speak on Australia's border protection regime in the European Parliament and has provided advice to various political groups within the parliament in Brussels. She has also appeared before Australian parliamentary committees to provide expert evidence on Australia's refugee policies in a number of inquiries. In addition, Azadeh has provided a number of guest lectures and public talks in Italy on Australia's border protection regime and has taught international refugee law and human rights in both Italy and Australia.