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Professor Anne Orford

BA (UQ, LLB (Hons) (UQ), LLM (Lond), PhD (Adelaide), LLD (hc) (Lund), LLD (hc) Gothenburg

Elected: 2016

Discipline: Law

Specialisation: International Law, History of International Law, Theory of International Law


Professor Anne Orford is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, and Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law at Melbourne Law School, where she directs the Laureate Program in International Law. Her scholarship combines study of the historical and theoretical foundations of international law, analysis of developments in legal doctrine and practice, and an engagement with central debates and concepts in related fields, in order to provide a clearer understanding of the role of international law in the fields of collective security, economic integration, and humanitarian action. She holds the Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, and has held numerous other visiting positions internationally. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, and was the founding Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at Melbourne Law School.


Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne, since 2015

Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law, University of Melbourne, since 2009

Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund University


ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow, 2015-2020

Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Melbourne, 2013

ARC Future Fellow, 2012-2015

ARC Australian Professorial Fellow, 2007-2011

Bonython Prize, University of Adelaide, 1999


A Orford and F Hoffmann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)

A Orford, ‘International Law and the Limits of History’ in W Werner, A Galan and M de Hoon (eds), The Law of International Lawyers: Reading Martti Koskenniemi (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press 2015)

A Orford, ‘Food Security, Free Trade, and the Battle for the State’ (2015) 11 Journal of International Law and International Relations 1-67

A Orford, ‘Scientific Reason and the Discipline of International Law’ (2014) 25 European Journal of International Law 369-385

A Orford, International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2011)


Email: a.orford [at] unimelb.edu.au
Work Phone: 03 8344 6200

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