Hurst Hannum

Professor of International Law

  • JD, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • AB, University of California, Berkeley


Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law, has taught courses on international human rights law, minority rights, public international law, international organizations, and nationalism and ethnicity. His focus is on human rights and its role in the international legal and political order, including, in particular, issues of self-determination, minority rights, and conflict resolution. His scholarly work has been complemented by service as consultant/advisor to a number of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Department of Political Affairs. He has been counsel in complaints before European, Inter-American, and UN human rights bodies. Prof. Hannum was most recently a senior research at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford, and he also has taught at the University of Hong Kong, Central European University (Budapest), Harvard, American University, Georgia, and Virginia. Professor Hannum is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on international law and human rights, including "International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Process," "Negotiating Self-Determination," "Guide to International Human Rights Practice," and "Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights." His most recent book, "Rescuing Human Rights: A Radically Moderate Approach," will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. He serves on editorial advisory boards of Human Rights Law Review and Human Rights Quarterly.

Curriculum Vitae - Hurst Hannum

Professional Activities
  • Member of the California and District of Columbia Bars
  • Executive Director of the Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute, Washington, DC (1980-89)
  • Jennings Randolph Peace Fellow, US Institute of Peace, Washington, DC (1989-90)
  • Director, summer grants from the Reebok Corporation to evaluate nominees for the annual Reebok Human Rights Award, 1991-2005
  • Consultant to the International Center on Alcohol Policies (1996-2008)
  • Legal consultant to the United Nations and other organizations on East Timor, Afghanistan, Faroe Islands, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Aceh, Western Sahara, and international protection of minority rights

  • Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
  • Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security

Research Interests
  • Public International Law
  • Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • United Nations
  • United Nations
  • Nationalism and Self-Determination

• “Human Rights,” in The Oxford Handbook on International Law in Asia and the Pacific (Simon Chesterman and Ben Saul eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018)
• “Reinvigorating Human Rights for the Twenty-first Century,” 16 Human Rights Law Review 409 (2016), reprinted in Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges (Dapo Akande et al. eds., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018)
• “Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Autonomy,” in The United States, China, and International Law (Jacques de Lisle and Willian Burke-White eds., forthcoming 2018)
• "The United Nations and Human Rights," in Catarina Krause and Martin Scheinin, eds., International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook (Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, 2d rev. ed. 2012)
• "The responsibility to protect: paradigm or pastiche?" 60 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 135 (no. 2, 2009).
• "Reforming the Special Procedures and Mechanisms of the Commission on Human Rights," 7 Human Rights Law Review 73 (2007).
Hannum, Hurst. "Human Rights in Conflict Resolution: The Role of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in UN Peacemaking and Peacebuilding." 28 Human Rights Quarterly 1 (2006).
Hannum, Hurst. "Bellum Americanum." Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 27, no. 1 (2003): 29-38.
• Babbitt, Eileen, Ellen Lutz and Hurst Hannum. "Human Rights and Conflict Resolution from the Practitioners' Perspective." The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (Winter/Spring 2003).
Hannum, Hurst. "The Specter of Secession." Foreign Affairs 77, no. 2 (1998): 13-19.
Hannum, Hurst. "Rethinking Self-Determination." Virginia Journal of International Law 34, no. 1 (1993).
• Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, entries on Self-Determination and Minority Rights

• Hannum, Hurst, Dinah Shelton, S. James Anaya, and Rosa Celorio, International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice. Aspen Publishers, 6th ed. 2017.
Hannum, Hurst and Eileen Babbitt. Negotiating Self-Determination. Lexington Books, 2006.
Hannum, Hurst. Guide To International Human Rights Practice. Nijhoff, 4th ed. 2004.
Hannum, Hurst. Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights. University of Pennsylvania Press, rev. ed. 1996.

• "The Scottish Vote: Precedent or Pandora's Box?" Boston Globe (18 Sept. 2014)
• "A Better Plan for Kosovo," Christian Science Monitor (7 May 2007)



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