PROF Anne Orford

PROF Anne Orford


  • Academic, Law



  • 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 an elected 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 (2007-2011), the Woodward Medal for Excellence in Humanities and Social Sciences awarded by the University of Melbourne (2013), and honorary doctorates of laws awarded by Lund University (2012), the University of Gothenburg (2012), and the University of Helsinki (2017). She will be a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in 2019, and has held numerous other visiting positions, including as Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair at Lund University, Hedda Andersson Visiting Research Chair in History at Lund University, Visiting Professor at University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, and Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at New York University. She will deliver a course at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2021.

    Her detailed bio is available at the Laureate Program in International Law website:   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • LLD hc, Gothenburg University 2012
  • LLD hc, Lund University 2012
  • PhD, Adelaide University 1999
  • LLM, University of London 1993
  • LLB, The University of Queensland 1989
  • BA, The University of Queensland 1988

Awards and honors

  • The Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Melbourne, 2013


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Professor Orford is committed to training the next generation of researchers, mentoring early career scholars, building links between international lawyers and scholars in related fields, and providing mechanisms for engagement between international law academics and cutting-edge practitioners. She has supervised 18 research students to successful completion. Her students’ doctoral theses have been published by leading publishers including Oxford and Cambridge University Presses and  awarded multiple prizes. She is currently supervising 6 graduate students and 2 postdoctoral fellows working in the areas of international law, history and theory of international law, international law and the use of force, and international economic law, and welcomes students in these and related fields interested in thinking critically about the history, nature and role of international law. She has conducted master classes for doctoral and early career researchers at universities in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and the UK, and regularly convenes workshops for early career scholars as part of the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School.