Contact us

Dr Niamh Kinchin

Position: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: BSSc (UoN), LLB (Hons Class 1) (UWS), MALP (USyd), PhD (UNSW)

Contact Details 

Office: 67.204
Phone: +61 4221 5725


Niamh Kinchin joined the School of Law in January 2015. From 2008-2014 she worked as a sessional lecturer at the University of Wollongong and UNSW, teaching a variety of subjects including Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Torts and Contracts Law. Prior to teaching she was employed for a number of years at the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal as a legal officer.

Niamh was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science from University of Newcastle, a Bachelor of Laws (Hons Class 1) from University of Western Sydney, a Masters of Administrative Law and Policy from University of Sydney and a PhD with UNSW.

Recent publications 

  1. Niamh Kinchin, Administrative Justice in the UN: Procedural Protections, Gaps and Proposals for Reform (2018, Edward Elgar Publishing) *Part of the ACUNS Series on the UN.
  2. Niamh Kinchin, 'UNHCR and the Quest for Accountability' in Kristin Bergtora Sandvik and Katja Lindskov Jacobsen (eds) UNCHR and the Struggle for Accountability Technology, Law & Results-Based Management (2016 Routledge) 26 -45
  3. Niamh Kinchin, 'The Implied Human Rights Obligations of UNHCR' (2016) 28(2) International Journal of Refugee Law 251 - 275

Click through for a full listing of publications and research.

Research Areas

Niamh’s primary research interests are in global accountability and administrative justice, Global Administrative Law and public law within the international and Australian contexts. Her current research includes projects on the potential and risks of AI in refugee status determination, institutional accountability in the global space, the interpretation of the constitutions of international organisations, NGO participation in the UN and the evolution of constitutional principles in Australia. Niamh has recently published a monograph with Edward Elgar Publishing (UK) focusing upon Administrative Justice within the UN.

Supervision Areas

  • Administrative Law and Justice
  • Global Administrative Law
  • Refugee Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law.

Research Students

  • Ebony Birchall (PhD candidate)

Title:  A right to health:  The role of medical professionals as witnesses and advocates for persons in Australian controlled immigration centres.

  • Lachlan Bryant (PhD candidate)

Title: Where to now? Evaluating the relationship between redress, restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence.



Last reviewed: 2 January, 2019