The Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School is funded by the Australian Research Council's Laureate Fellowship scheme from 2015 to 2020, and led by Professor Anne Orford. It establishes a new interdisciplinary research team of scholars in law, the social sciences, and the humanities to work on a major project entitled Civil War, Intervention, and the Transformation of International Law.
The role of third states and other actors in initiating, supporting, financing, directing, and policing civil and proxy wars in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, together with the US claim to be engaged in a 'global non-international armed conflict', has raised fundamental questions about current international legal frameworks relating to the use of force, intervention, and collective security. Program members combine historical research, legal analysis, and critical theorising to make sense of the foundational issues at stake in legal debates about intervention, the increasing militarisation of civil life, and the evolving role and responsibility of foreign actors.
The Laureate Program brings together leading scholars, world-class early career researchers, and innovative practitioners, in order to create a global collective working to explore the place of international law in contemporary social, economic, and political transformations. Details of the core team members as well as participants in the project to date as visitors or presenters are available on our People and Visiting Fellows pages.
A major emphasis of the Laureate Program is on training a new generation of researchers capable of interpreting and responding to developments in international law, armed conflict, humanitarianism, displacement, and global political economy. To that end, the Program hosts a series of visiting fellowships, workshops, policy roundtables, and conferences aimed at building a community of scholars and practitioners. Details are available on our Events, Seminars, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowships pages.