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Fellow and College Lecturer in Law (St Edmund's College)

BA (Melb), JD (Melb), LLM (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)


Matthew teaches undergraduate Constitutional Law and the Law of Trusts and Equity.  He also teaches for the LLM paper, Advanced Public Law.  

His research is in the fields of UK, Australian and New Zealand public law.

As a former commercial practitioner, Matthew remains interested in the points of contact between public law and business; and in the connections between private and public law.  

Research centres and interest groups

CV / Biography

Matthew is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College, and is Director of Studies of Undergraduate Law, and College Lecturer in Law, at that college.  He is also a member of the Centre for Public Law, Cambridge. 

Matthew completed his PhD in law at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, supported by a WM Tapp Scholarship, on the topic of ‘Policy Referendums in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia’.  He was supervised by Professor Alison Young, and was examined by Professor David Feldman (Cambridge) and Professor Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne).  In addition to his doctorate, Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Law from Cambridge.  

Before Cambridge, Matthew was admitted to legal practice, and worked as an Associate at the Australian firm Allens-Linklaters, practising as a litigator.  He advised clients on a wide range of government investigations and business disputes.  In a pro bono capacity, he instructed in constitutional proceedings concerning democratic rights, and advised peak human rights bodies on issues concerning offshore refugee detention and the drafting of anti-discrimination legislation.  Taking time out of practice, Matthew spent a year working as the Senior Judicial Assistant to a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia).  Before coming to the law, Matthew trained as an economist and worked, in 2012, as a policy analyst at the Department of Treasury and Finance (Australia).




"The Scottish Parliament, the Supreme Court, and an Independence Referendum?" [2023] 27(4) Judicial Review

Alistair Mills
[2023] 27(4) Judicial Review
Published: Feb 2023

"Locating Plebiscites in the Australian Constitution" (2022) 46(1) Melbourne University Law Review 218

(2022) 46(1) Melbourne University Law Review 218
Published: Nov 2022

"How the Magna Carta Helped Build a Robust Lex Anglicana" (2016) 4 Journal of the Judicial College of Victoria 105

(2016) 4 Journal of the Judicial College of Victoria 105
Published: Mar 2016

Book Chapters

"Meeting More's Challenge" in Amanda Whiting and Ann O'Connell (ed(s)), Legal History Matters: From Magna Carta to the Clinton Impeachment (Melbourne University Press, 2020), pp. 11-42

ISBN 13:
Published Nov 2020

Case Notes

Wilkie & Ors v The Commonwealth & Ors: Case Note and Commentary (2017) (September) Human Rights Law Centre: Case Summaries

Blog Posts