Ms Natasha Yacoub

international lawyer, LLM, LLB, BA(Hons)
Visiting Fellow, Reg Net
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 0426262730


Ms Yacoub is presently on leave from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where she has been posted since 2001 in conflict and non-conflict settings in Egypt, Sudan, Ireland, United Nations Headquarters New York, Myanmar, Australia and the Pacific Island States (including Nauru and Papua New Guinea).

She started her career as an international lawyer in Canberra at the Attorney-General's Department, Office of International Law.   She also served as a decision-maker on the Refugee Review Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal in Australia from 2012 to 2014. 

Researcher's projects

Presently on leave from UNHCR, she is undertaking doctoral studies at UNSW as an affiliate at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Her thesis is titled: 'Re-thinking refugee protection in Southeast Asia: national laws, policies and practices in the 1950s and 1960s'.

Her research interests are 'regional refugee protection', refugee status determination, statelessness, protection of civilians and the protection of refugee women and girls.

Recent publications include:

• Natasha Yacoub, Lisa Schwartz, Kevin Bezanson, “Legal and Ethical Considerations of Palliative Care Provision in Humanitarian Crises”, in: Palliative Care in Humanitarian Crises, Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

• UNHCR, Guidance Note on the Psychologically Vulnerable Applicant in the Protection Visa Assessment Process, 2017, available at:

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