Matthew began his education at the University of Auckland, where he received a BA in English and a LLB (Hons). He clerked at the Court of Appeal of New Zealand, before undertaking a LLM at Columbia Law School, where he graduated as a James Kent Scholar. As the recipient of Columbia's Leebron Human Rights Fellowship, he then worked in international human rights litigation at Open Society Justice Initiative in New York City. He undertook his PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge, with the support of the WM Tapp Studentship in Law at Gonville and Caius College, where he is soon to submit his thesis. In 2015, he was elected as a Junior Research Fellow in Law at Hertford College.
The focus of Matthew's research is the theory, politics and history of international law. He is particularly interested in critical and interdisciplinary approaches to the examination of international law as a professional practice.
Matthew's doctoral thesis - 'Advising States: Government Lawyering in International Law' - analyses the role and responsibilities of legal advisers in foreign ministries through the lens of legal ethics. It develops a theory of international professional responsibility, providing a framework in which to evaluate and critique government advisory practice. Matthew is in the process of adapting his thesis for publication as a monograph.
Matthew's current research project explores the intellectual history of international law through a focus on the Mirrors for Princes literary genre and its approach to political ethics.