Bassina Farbenblum is MWJI co-director and Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law.

Bassina Farbenblum is a solicitor and the founding director of the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and the Australian Human Rights Centre’s Migrant and Refugee Rights Project. She has spent almost two decades as immigrant rights lawyer, researcher and clinical legal educator in New York and Sydney. Funded by the Open Society Foundations, Bassina led the first large-scale empirical study of migrant workers’ access to justice in countries of origin. She works closely with government and civil society partners in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia to improve migrant workers’ access to justice and governance of migrant recruitment. In 2014, Bassina was awarded the Open Society Foundations International Migration Initiative Fellowship for her work on labour migration in Asia. Her recent articles focus on rights-based governance of migrant recruitment and private sector accountability within supply chains.

Laurie Berg is MWJI co-director and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.

Formerly Furman Fellow at Human Rights First, New York, her research and advocacy advances the rights of low-waged migrant workers in supply chains in Australia and South East Asia. She is the author of the first book on migrant workers’ rights in Australia: Migrant Rights at Work: Law’s Precariousness at the Intersection of Immigration and Labour published by Routledge in 2016. Prior to her academic appointment, Laurie previously held posts at Australian Red Cross, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and migrant rights legal services in New York City. She is a recipient of the Lisa Gilad prize by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, and the University of Technology Sydney’s Early Career Research Excellence Award.



Angela Kintominas is an MWJI Research Associate.


Angela is a human rights lawyer and researcher specializing in the intersection of migration, labour rights and gender. She has extensive research experience including at UNSW, the Migration Team at UN Women Headquarters, the Brookings Institution and UNHCR. Angela undertook her Master of Laws as a Lionel Murphy Scholar at Columbia University, New York, where she was awarded the Walter Gellhorn Prize for first place in her cohort. She is also an alumna of UNSW (BA (Hon 1), LLB (Hon 1)), where she graduated as Valedictorian. Angela similarly has pro bono work experience representing asylum seekers in the New York, in special leave applications before the High Court of Australia, as well with the Refugee Advice & Casework Service in Sydney.