Professor Anne Orford

  • Professor Anne Orford

    Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
    Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law
    ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow

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Anne Orford is ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, and Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law at Melbourne Law School, where she directs the Laureate Program in International Law. She has held numerous visiting positions, including as Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Hedda Andersson Visiting Research Chair in History at Lund University, Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne Law School, Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, and Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at NYU Law School. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. She has been awarded three major fellowships by the Australian Research Council, honorary doctorates of laws by Lund University and the University of Gothenburg, and the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University of Melbourne. She will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws by the University of Helsinki in 2017.

Her scholarship combines study of the history and theory of international law, analysis of developments in international legal doctrines and practice, and an engagement with central debates and concepts in related fields, in order to provide a clearer understanding of the role of international law in contemporary politics. Her publications include International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press 2011), Reading Humanitarian Intervention: Human Rights and the Use of Force in International Law (Cambridge University Press 2003), the edited collection International Law and its Others (Cambridge University Press 2006), and, as co-editor, The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (Oxford University Press 2016).

She is on the editorial boards of International Theory, the Journal of the History of International Law, Transnational Legal Theory, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics, an Advisory Editor of the London Review of International Law, on the advisory boards of the Finnish Yearbook of International Law, the Journal of Intervention and State-Building, the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law, and the Melbourne International Law Journal, and on the editorial board of the 13-volume The Cambridge History of International Law.

Her recent talks include a keynote lecture on Critical Thinking and Human Rights at the launch of the Lund Human Rights Research Hub (Lund, 2016), the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context Annual Lecture on Mare Nostrum: International Law, Spatial Order, and the Mediterranean (Queen Mary, 2016); the Erik Castrén Lecture on International Law discussing civil war and intervention (Helsinki, 2015); the Katherine Baker Memorial Lecture on Food Security, the WTO, and the Social State (Toronto, 2014); the James Crawford Oration on International Law addressing humanitarian intervention and Syria (Adelaide, 2013), and an ESIL Lecture on Histories of International Law and Empire (Sorbonne, 2013). She has delivered keynote and plenary addresses at annual conferences and meetings of the American Society of International Law, the Australian Historical Association, the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, the European Society of International Law, the French Society of International Law, and the Korean Society of International Law, and has presented her research by invitation to numerous governments, international organizations, and nongovernmental organizations

She is a founding co-convenor of the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, a collaboration between Melbourne, Nottingham, and New York Universities, which intensively workshops the research of selected junior international law faculty from around the world, and was the founding Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School. She has conducted master classes for doctoral and early career researchers at universities in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and the UK, and presented addresses at national doctoral student conferences in Canada and Sweden.

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