Professor Anne Orford

  • Professor Anne Orford

Melbourne Laureate Professor
Michael D Kirby Professor of International Law
ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow

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Anne Orford is Melbourne Laureate Professor and Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law at Melbourne Law School, and Visiting Professor of Law and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. She researches and teaches in the areas of international law, history and theory of international law, international dispute settlement, international economic law, and climate change and the politics of international law. 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 a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Lund University, and the University of Gothenburg, and a Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at NYU School of Law. She has been appointed Visiting Legal Fellow at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 2022-23.

Professor Orford is the author of International Law and the Politics of History (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Pensée Critique et Pratique du Droit International (Pedone, 2020), International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and Reading Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press, 2003). She has edited Revolutions in International Law: The Legacies of 1917 (Cambridge University Press, 2021) (co-editor), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (Oxford University Press, 2016) (co-editor), and International Law and its Others (Cambridge University Press, 2006). She is a contributor to the London Review of Books Blog and the literary magazine Griffith Review.

She 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 successive competitive fellowships awarded by the Australian Research Council: an Australian Professorial Fellowship (2007-2011), a Future Fellowship (2012-2015), and the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship (2015-2021).

Professor Orford presented a course on Civil War and the Transformation of International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2021. She has also presented named public lectures at 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.

Professor Orford has established and directed two influential research groups as Foundation Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities (2005-2012) and Director of the Laureate Program in International Law (2015-2021), both at Melbourne Law School. She has supervised 20 PhD and 2 MPhil students to completion and made a significant 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. With the funding awarded to act as an ambassador for women in research as part of the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship, she created a visiting fellowship program that enabled 25 outstanding female early career researchers to come from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, the UK, and the US to work with her team in Melbourne.

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