Professor Jolyon Ford

BA, LLB (KwaZulu-Natal), LLM (Cambridge), PhD (ANU)
Associate Professor
ANU College of Law
T: +61(0)2 6125 4164

Areas of expertise

  • Law And Society 180119
  • Conflict Of Laws (Private International Law) 180107
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • Tort Law 180126
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified 169999

Research interests

Regulation of responsible business activity, especially in fragile and conflict-affected states; emerging regulatory frameworks on 'business and human rights'; public policy on promoting conflict-sensitive business practices; the private sector's role in peacebuilding;  regulation of responsible AI and governance of responsible innovation; counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law; law, governance and development (especially in sub-Saharan Africa); the role and rule of law in transitional and post-conflict societies; transnational tort actions (corporations and human rights); general public international law; aspects of regulatory theory.


I re-joined the ANU as an Associate Professor in July 2015 from the UK, where I was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, London (Chatham House) and a Research Associate of the Global Economic Governance programme at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Before that I held a senior role at Oxford Analytica. I have worked in the federal public service, an intergovernmental organisation, academia, civil society, the private sector and freelance consulting. From Zimbabwe, I hold degrees from South Africa, the UK and Australia.

Available student projects

Available for postgraduate research supervision


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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