Research/Areas of Interest:

-Nationalism and self-determination
-International protection of human rights
-United Nations
-Public international law
-Human rights and conflict resolution


  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
  • AB, Political Science and French, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States


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.