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; the future of human rights; 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


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