Regina Jefferies , PhD

She/Her, Assistant Professor


Regina Jefferies is an Assistant Professor in the Law, Diversity and Justice program at Fairhaven. She earned her PhD in Global Governance, Law & Policy, from the Faculty of Law & Justice at the University of New South Wales, where she is also an Adjunct Lecturer and Affiliate of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. Regina’s research focuses on complex transboundary governance frameworks, and particularly the actors, laws, and technologies through which transnational law is implemented and developed. Her work examines comparative and international migration, asylum, transboundary movement in the context of COVID-19, and environmental disaster and change. Regina is a Salish Sea Institute and Border Policy Research Institute Fellow, a member of the International Journal of Refugee Law, Case Law Editorial Team, was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles, and a Consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She earned a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.

Since 2007, Regina has worked in the fields of immigration, refugee, and international human rights law in the United States and Australia. As an attorney in private practice in Arizona, she served as the Arizona Chapter Chair and on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has litigated cases in a variety of fora, including U.S. District Court and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Her op-eds have appeared in Just Security, The Conversation, and the Sydney Morning Herald and, in 2018, she earned the National Advocate of the Year Award for her work in opposition to the Trump Travel Ban.

Areas of Research
Transboundary Governance, International Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Comparative Migration Law, Environmental Law, Disasters and Displacement, Administrative Law, Research Methods and Methodology, Social Network Analysis, Legal Compliance, Law and Society, Australia, Canada, Asia-Pacific

Recent Publications
ORCID 0000-0002-0534-9637

Regina Jefferies, Jane McAdam and Sangeetha Pillai, “Can We Still Call Australia Home?: The Right to Return and the Legality of Australia’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions” (2021) Australian Journal of Human Rights

Regina Jefferies, “Bringing Externalisation Home: The International Civil Aviation Organization and ‘Entry Screening’ in Australia” (2021) Globalizations

Regina Jefferies, “Transnational Legal Process: An Evolving Theory and Methodology” (2021) 46(2) Brooklyn Journal of International Law (open access)

Regina Jefferies, Daniel Ghezelbash and Asher Hirsch, “Assessing Refugee Protection Claims at Australian Airports: The Gap Between Law, Policy, and Practice” (2020) 44(1) Melbourne University Law Review 162 (open access)