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 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. 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 (2007-11), the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences awarded by the University of Melbourne, and honorary doctorates of laws awarded by Lund University, the University of Gothenburg, and the University of Helsinki.

Professor Orford has held numerous senior visiting positions internationally, including as Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at New York University, Visiting Professor at University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Hedda Andersson Visiting Research Chair in History at Lund University, and most recently Visiting Professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School. She will present a Special Course on Civil War and the Transformation of International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in January 2021.

Her scholarship combines study of the history, theory, and practice of international law, and an engagement with debates in history, social theory, economics, and philosophy, in order to grasp the changing role of international law and its relation to social, political, and economic transformations. Her publications include International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Reading Humanitarian Intervention (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 2020.

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.

Professor Orford was founding co-convenor, with Dino Kritsiotis and Joseph Weiler, of the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, and the founding Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School.

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