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 has held numerous visiting positions globally, including as 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, Hedda Andersson Visiting Professor at Lund University, and most recently Visiting Professor and John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School.

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. 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 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).

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), Pensée Critique et Pratique du Droit International (2020), and International Law and the Social Question (2020). Her latest book, International Law and the Politics of History, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in early 2021.

She will present an invited course on Civil War and the Transformation of International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2021. 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, the 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 from 2015 to 2020.

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