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 Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law, and an Australian Laureate Fellow at Melbourne Law School, where she directs the Laureate Program in International Law. She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. Her work has been recognised by the award of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (2015-20), a Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council (2012-15), an Australian Professorial Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council (2007-2011), the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences awarded by the University of Melbourne (2013), and honorary doctorates of laws awarded by Lund University (2012), the University of Gothenburg (2012), and the University of Helsinki (2017). She has held numerous visiting positions, including as Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair at Lund University, Hedda Andersson Visiting Research Chair in History at Lund University, Visiting Professor at University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, and Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at New York University. She is currently a Visiting Professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School for Spring 2019.

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 history, social theory, economics, and philosophy, in order to grasp the changing nature and function of international law and its relation to social, political, and economic transformation. 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). A collection of her essays in French translation, entitled Pensée Critique et Droit International, is forthcoming with Pedone. Her latest book, International Law and the Politics of History, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.

Professor Orford has presented keynote and plenary addresses at annual conferences 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, the Korean Society of International Law, and the Law and Society Association, and presented her research by invitation to governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and university audiences in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

She is a founding co-convenor, with Dino Kritsiotis and Joseph Weiler, of the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, 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 presented keynote addresses at national doctoral student conferences in Australia, Canada, and Sweden, and conducted master classes for doctoral and early career researchers in law and history at universities in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and the UK.

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