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2022-2023 Visiting Legal Fellows – Anne Orford and Rain Liivoja


Professor Anne Orford and Associate Professor Rain Liivoja have been appointed as DFAT’s Visiting Legal Fellows for 2022-2023.

The Visiting Legal Fellow Program (the Program) aims to encourage greater dialogue between DFAT's legal advisers and academia on new and developing international legal issues. Fellows are appointed for a two-year period, 2022 to 2023.


Portrait of Professor Anne Orford

Professor Orford is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law at Melbourne Law School. She researches and teaches in the areas of public international law, international dispute settlement, international economic law, and climate change. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Gothenburg, Lund, and Helsinki. She has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Lund University, and the University of Gothenburg, a Senior Emile Noël Fellow at NYU Law School, and has lectured at the Hague Academy of International Law.

Professor Orford has played a significant role in increasing the profile of Australian international law research globally. Professor Orford’s work will be valuable across the Department, especially the International Law Branch and the Office of Trade Law.


Professor Liivoja of University of Queensland Law School leads the Law and the Future of War research group. Rain is also a Senior Fellow with the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds the title of Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki, where he is affiliated with the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. Professor Liivoja's current research focuses on the legal challenges associated with military applications of science and technology. Professor Liivoja’s work will also be valuable across the department, including the International Law Branch, the Arms Control Branch and the Cyber Policy Branch.

Portrait of Professor Rain Livoja.

The Department looks forward to engaging with Professor Orford and Professor Liivoja over the next two years.

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