Mr Matthew Windsor

Junior Research Fellow

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

Matthew Windsor is Junior Research Fellow in Law at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

Matthew is the co-editor of Interpretation in International Law (OUP 2015), and his scholarship has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the British Yearbook of International Law and the Leiden Journal of International Law. He has recently published chapters in International Law as a Profession (CUP 2017) and Law in Politics, Politics in Law (Hart 2013). Matthew also served as managing editor of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Prior to joining Oxford, Matthew was the recipient of the WM Tapp Studentship in Law at Gonville and Caius College to undertake a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, under the supervision of Professor David Feldman QC and Judge James Crawford AC. His thesis is titled Advising States: The Government Lawyer in International Law, and will be submitted in April 2018.

At Cambridge, he taught Administrative Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Ethics and World Politics for the Faculty of Law and the Department of Politics and International Studies.

He received a B.A./LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Auckland, and a LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar (summa cum laude). As the recipient of Columbia’s David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship, he worked as an associate at Open Society Justice Initiative in New York City, undertaking human rights litigation and advocacy before the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Committee. He has also interned for the Vice Chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture, worked as a barrister at Shortland Chambers, and as a Judge’s Clerk to Justice Grant Hammond at the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.


Matthew's research examines the interface between international law and public law, with a particular emphasis on the function and accountability of the executive branch in the constitution. His current research explores the role and professional responsibilities of government legal advisers, and the politics of legal expertise.

His research has been selected for presentation at a variety of leading institutions and societies including the European Society of International Law, the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy, the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the University of Melbourne, the University of Helsinki, and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.



Interpretation in International Law (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015) (hardback); (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2018) (paperback) (co-edited by Andrea Bianchi and Daniel Peat)

Book Chapters

Legal Advice and the Framing Function' in The Politics of Legal Expertise (2019) (forthcoming)

'Consigliere or Conscience? The Role of the Government Legal Adviser' in Jean d'Aspremont et al (eds), International Law as a Profession (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017)

'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

'The Use of Force and the Force of Advice: Government Lawyering in the Iraq Inquiry' (2018) British Yearbook of International Law (forthcoming)

'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