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 ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at Melbourne Law School. She researches and teaches in the areas of public international law, history and theory of international law, international dispute settlement, and international economic law. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

Professor Orford has held numerous senior visiting positions globally, including Visiting Professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Professor at Lund University, Visiting Professor at Université Paris 1, Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at NYU, Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, and Hedda Andersson Visiting Professor at Lund University. She will return to Harvard Law School as a Visiting Professor in 2022.

Professor Orford has been awarded honorary doctorates in law by Lund University, the University of Gothenburg, and the University of Helsinki, and the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University of Melbourne. She has held 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 presented a special course on Civil War and the Transformation of International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2021.

Her major publications include Reading Humanitarian Intervention (2003), International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (2011), Pensée Critique et Pratique du Droit International (2020), and International Law and the Social Question (2020), as well as the edited collections International Law and its Others (2006), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (2016) (co-edited), and Revolutions in International Law (2021) (co-edited). Her latest book, International Law and the Politics of History, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in early 2021. She is a contributor to the London Review of Books Blog and the Australian literary magazine Griffith Review.

Professor Orford has presented named public lectures at the many of the world’s leading universities, and 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 US Law and Society Association. She has 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.

Professor Orford has made a major contribution to international research training and networking for early career researchers, including as founding co-convenor with Professor Dino Kritsiotis and Professor Joseph Weiler of the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, founding Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School, and Director of the ARC-funded Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School. She has supervised 22 graduate research students to completion, including students from Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, and the UK. Her students have gone on to hold academic positions at leading law schools in Australia, Belgium, Finland, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand, and the UK, including two as professors at Melbourne Law School.

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