Mr Matthew Windsor

Junior Research Fellow

BA/LLB (Hons) (Auckland), LLM (Columbia)
Phone number: 
01865 279431

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 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.



Interpretation in International Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015) (co-edited by Andrea Bianchi and Daniel Peat)

Book Chapters

'Consigliere or Conscience? The Role of the Government Legal Adviser' in Andre Nollkaemper et al (eds), International Law as a Profession (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016) (forthcoming)

'Playing the Game of Interpretation: On Meaning and Metaphor in International Law' in Andrea Bianchi, Daniel Peat and Matthew Windsor (eds), Interpretation in International Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015)

'Government Legal Advisers Through the Ethics Looking Glass' in David Feldman (ed), Law in Politics, Politics in Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2013)

Journal Articles

'Narrative Kill or Capture: Unreliable Narration in International Law' (2015) 28(4) Leiden Journal of International Law 743

'(Pro)motion to Dismiss? Constitutional Tort Litigation and Threshold Failure in the War on Terror' (2012) 1 British Journal of American Legal Studies 231

'Estlund's Utopophobia: From Aspiration to Social Dependence' (2011) 30(4) Social Alternatives 42

'Exemplary Damages and Government Liability' (2010) New Zealand Law Journal 171

'A Fine Balance? Delegation, Standards of Review and Subsidiarity in WTO Dispute Settlement' (2008) 14 Auckland University Law Review 41

Edited Symposia

'Interpretation in International Adjudication' symposium in (2014) 3(2) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 444-595 (co-edited by Daniel Peat)

Book Reviews

'Review - A Simple Common Lawyer: Essays in Honour of Michael Taggart' (2009) 72(4) Modern Law Review 669