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 public international law, international human rights law, minority rights, 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 such as 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 cases before European and Inter-American human rights bodies and is a member of the international Council of Minority Rights Group International (London). A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 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. He serves on editorial advisory boards of Human Rights Law Review and Human Rights Quarterly.

Curriculum Vitae - Hurst Hannum

Professional Activities
  • 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)
  • Sir Y.K. Pao Professor of International Law, University of Hong Kong (2006-08)
  • 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
  • Institute for Human Security

Research Interests
  • Nationalism and self-determination
  • peacekeeping
  • international protection of human rights
  • United Nations
  • public international law
  • human rights and conflict resolution

• "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." Human Rights Quarterly 28, no. 1 (2006).
"Peace versus Justice: Creating Rights as well as Order Out of Chaos," 13 International Peacekeeping 582 (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. "Sovereignty and Its Relevance to Native Americans in the Twenty-First Century." American Indian Law Review 23, no. 2 (1999): 487-496.
Hannum, Hurst. "The Specter of Sucession." Foreign Affairs 77, no. 2 (1998): 13-19.
Hannum, Hurst. "Rethinking Self-Determination." Virginia Journal of International Law 34, no. 1 (1993).
• Hannum, Hurst. "Contemporary Developments in the International Protection of the Rights of Minorities." Notre Dame Law Review 66, no. 5 (1991): 1431-.

• Hannum, Hurst and Richard B. Lillich. International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice. Aspen Publishers, 2006.
Hannum, Hurst and Eileen Babbitt. Negotiating Self-Determination. Lexington Books, 2006.
Hannum, Hurst. Guide To International Human Rights Practice. 2004.
Hannum, Hurst. Autonomy, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination: The Accommodation of Conflicting Rights (rev. ed.). University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Hannum, Hurst. "Merely a Flight of Fancy?" South China Morning Post, 4 March 2006, A15.

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