Bassina Farbenblum is a solicitor and Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law where she is the founding director of the UNSW Human Rights Clinic and the cross-institutional Migrant Worker Justice Initiative. She has led national and global empirical research projects on temporary migrants in Australia, the US and Asia and was the co-author of the recent landmark report on Wage Theft in Australia. Bassina’s current research focuses on work experiences, accommodation issues and access to redress by international students and other temporary migrants in Australia, as well as migrant worker recruitment and access to remedies in South and South East Asia. With Dr Laurie Berg (UTS), Bassina is leading a consortium of international education stakeholders seeking to develop a sector-wide response to the exploitation of international students in accommodation and at work in Australia.
Prior to academia, Bassina worked as a human rights litigator and policy advisor at the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, the American Civil Liberties Union and other legal services organisations and private law firms in New York, Mumbai, and Sydney. She was awarded the global Open Society Foundations International Migration Initiative Fellowship in recognition of her work with government and other organisations in Indonesia in relation to labour migration.