Anne Orford is the holder of the Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Her publications include International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press 2011), Reading Humanitarian Intervention (Cambridge University Press 2003), and the edited collection International Law and its Others (Cambridge University Press 2006). She has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne and at Lund University, the Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, and a Senior Emile Noël Research Fellow at NYU, and has lectured in the Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law, the Harvard Workshop on Global Law and Economic Policy, the Cornell Law and Humanities Colloquium, the NYU Institute for International Law and Justice Colloquium, and the Academy of European Law. She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by Lund University and by the University of Gothenburg.
Her scholarship has drawn upon social and political theory, jurisprudence, history, philosophy, and political economy to explore the nature, politics, poetics, and practices of international law and its relevance to some of the major challenges of our time, including uneven development, civil war, humanitarian crises, and the legacies of colonial rule. It has been cited in publications across disciplines including anthropology, development studies, economics, European studies, geography, history, international law, international relations, philosophy, political economy, politics, sociology, theatre studies, theology, and women's studies, and translated into Finnish, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Anne is currently working on a four-year project exploring the development of population control, humanitarian aid, and market-oriented agrarian reform as transnational responses to food insecurity from the era of formal empire to the twenty-first century.
Among her recent lectures are: a European Society of International Law Lecture on 'Histories of International Law and Empire' (Paris, 2013); a Rechtskulturen Lecture entitled 'Concluding the Reformation? Peace, Protection, and Political Theology' (Berlin, 2012); a public lecture on 'The Responsibilty to Protect and the Legacy of Dag Hammarskjöld' (Uppsala, 2012); 'The Responsibilty to Protect after Libya' presented on the opening plenary panel of the 106th American Society of International Law Meeting (Washington, 2012); and a keynote lecture on 'International Interventions as Governance' (Gothenburg, 2011).
'Moral Internationalism and the Responsibility to Protect' (2013) 24 European Journal of International Law 83 -108
'Hammarskjöld, Economic Thinking, and the United Nations' in Henning Melber and Carsten Stahn (eds), Peace, Diplomacy, Global Justice, and International Agency: Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld (Cambridge University Press, in press)
'In Praise of Description' (2012) 25 Leiden Journal of International Law 609-625
'Europe Reconstructed' (2012) 75 Modern Law Review 275-286
'The Past as Law or History? The Relevance of Imperialism for Modern International Law' in Emmanuelle Jouannet, Hélène Ruiz Fabri and Mark Toufayan (eds), Tiers Monde: Bilan et Perspectives (Société de Législation Comparée, in press), also published as NYU Institute for International Law and Justice Working Paper 2012/2
International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
'The Passions of Protection: Sovereign Authority and Humanitarian War' in Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi (eds), Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Intervention (Zone Books, 2010), 335-356
'Locating the International: Military and Monetary Interventions after the Cold War' (1997) 38 Harvard International Law Journal 443-485