Madeleine Forster

Richard and Susan Hayden Academy Fellow, International Law Programme


Madeleine is the Richard and Susan Hayden Academy Fellow, hosted in the International Law Programme.

Prior to joining Chatham House, she provided specialist legal services to United Nations humanitarian operations in the Middle East. She brings particular expertise in applied international human rights law across complex political, security and operational environments. She has also acted on internal United Nations boards of inquiry and system efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.

Her current research interests are at the intersection of international law, ethics and technology, including the potential and pitfalls of innovative solutions to refugee and migrant crises.

Madeleine began her career as an employment lawyer with global law firm DLA Piper, has been an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Cambodia, and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne, where she was awarded the Edward Walter Outhwaite Prize for academic achievement in human rights.

Past experience

2015-19 Legal officer (Protection), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
2015 Lawyer, Victorian Department of Education
2014-15 Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (Cambodia)
2013 DLA Piper Secondee Lawyer, Human Rights Law Centre
2010-13 Lawyer, DLA Piper Australia