Melbourne Law School welcomes international legal scholar

14 May 2014

Melbourne Law School is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Martti Koskenniemi, one of the world’s most influential international legal scholars, as a Professorial Fellow.

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Professor Koskenniemi, whose pioneering research has shaped the current field of international law, is also a distinguished international legal practitioner.
Professor Anne Orford, Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, said that the appointment will greatly enrich the experience of faculty and students at Melbourne Law School.
“Professor Koskenniemi’s work has changed the way that international law is taught and researched. The extent and influence of his teaching and engagement globally demonstrates his deep commitment to developing the next generation of scholars and practitioners of international law. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to benefit from that commitment,” Professor Orford said.
Professor Koskenniemi will visit the Law School in 2015 to teach a new subject in the Melbourne Law Masters program, run workshops for doctoral students, and continue his collaboration with law school faculty on international research projects.
Professor Koskenniemi has been Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki since 1994, and Director of The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights since 1997. He is also serving his second term as an Academy of Finland Professor, a very rare honour. He has held numerous prestigious visiting academic appointments around the world, including as a Centennial Professor at the LSE, Hauser Global Professor of Law at NYU, and Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at the University of Cambridge.
In addition to his scholarly eminence, Professor Koskenniemi is also a distinguished practitioner of international law. He has held senior positions in the Finnish Foreign Service, including as Acting Director of the International Law Division, Counsel of Finland before the International Court of Justice, Member and legal adviser to the Finnish delegation to the General Assembly of the United Nations, and Member and legal adviser to the Finnish delegation in the Security Council of the United Nations. He has been a member of the United Nations International Law Commission and of the Asian Development Bank’s Administrative Tribunal.
This will not be Professor Koskenniemi’s first visit to Melbourne Law School; he has been a visitor on a number of occasions over the years, making a major contribution to research, teaching, and postgraduate training through participating in international workshops convened by Professor Orford, collaborating on major research projects, and conducting doctoral workshops. In 2006, he delivered the Sir Kenneth Bailey Memorial Lecture.

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