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, the inaugural holder of the Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law, and an Australian Laureate Fellow at Melbourne Law School. She has held numerous visiting positions globally, including Visiting Professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Visiting Professor at Université Paris 1, Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at New York University, Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, and Hedda Andersson Visiting Professor at Lund University. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Her scholarship combines study of the history, theory, and practice of international law, and an engagement with debates in social theory, economics, history, and philosophy, in order to trace the role of international law in shaping social, political, and economic transformations. Her major publications include Reading Humanitarian Intervention (2003), International Law and its Others (2006), International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (2011), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (2016) (co-edited), and Pensée Critique et Pratique du Droit International (2020). Her latest book, International Law and the Politics of History, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She will present a Special Course on Civil War and the Transformation of International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2021.

She has been awarded honorary doctorates of laws by Lund University (2012), the University of Gothenburg (2012), and the University of Helsinki (2017), the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University of Melbourne (2013), and three competitive Fellowships awarded by the Australian Research Council: an Australian Professorial Fellowship (2007-11), a Future Fellowship (2012-15), and the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship (2015-20).

She 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 was founding co-convenor, with Dino Kritsiotis and Joseph Weiler, of the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, was the founding Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School, and directed the ARC-funded Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School from 2015 to 2020.

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