skip to content
Ms Matilda Gillis's picture


Education CV


  • PhD in Law Candidate, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (2019-)
  • Master of Law (International Law) (First Class), Trinity College, University of Cambridge (2018-2019)
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University (2017)
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Australian National University (2011-2016)
  • Bachelor of Arts (major in Political Science), Australian National University (2011-2016)
    • Exchanges/research visits to: Sciences Po Paris, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Yale (IARU/Banco Santander Scholar) 

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (August 2017)
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia (September 2017)


  • Peterhouse Graduate Research Studentship, Peterhouse (2019-2022)
  • Henry Arthur Hollond Studentship, Trinity College Cambridge (2018-2019)
  • Lionel Murphy Endowment Postgraduate Scholarship (Honorary), Lionel Murphy Foundation (2018-2019)
  • Honours Scholarship, ANU (2016)
  • International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Research Scholarship for Yale, ANU (2014)
  • Banco Santander Scholarship (awarded by both ANU and Yale), Banco Santander (2014)
  • Encounter Europe Scholarship, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) (with additional scholarship awarded by the ANU Centre for European Studies) (2013)
  • ANU Learning Community Coordinator Scholarship (full residential scholarship to live at Bruce Hall), ANU (2013)


  • Clive Parry Prize for International Law, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (2019)
  • Lizette Bentwich Prize for Law, Trinity College Cambridge (2019)
  • Examination Prize, Trinity College Cambridge (2019)
  • Senior Scholarship/Research Scholarship, Trinity College Cambridge (2019)
  • Dean’s Certificate for Jessup Moot (shared), ANU (2016)
    • Winning team of the Australian national championships of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2016)
    • Prize for best oralist (shared) in Australian Grand Final of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Overall Winner for Law, International Undergraduate Awards (2015)
  • Australian Taxation Office Prize for Income Tax Law, ANU (2014)
  • Ashurst Australia Prize for Corporations Law, ANU (2013)
  • Phillipa Weeks Prize for Labour Law (Sponsored by Holding Redlich), ANU (2013)
  • ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Prize for Criminal Law and Procedure, ANU (2012)
  • Bruce Hall, Burgmann College prizes for outstanding academic achievement, ANU (2012, 2015)

Teaching experience 

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Legal Systems, LSE (2021-2022)
  • Supervisor, International Law, University of Cambridge (2021-2022)
  • Supervisor, Human Rights Law, University of Cambridge (2020-2022)
  • Supervisor, Company Law, University of Cambridge (2020-2021)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Law of the World Trade Organization (LLM), University of Cambridge (2020)
  • Coach, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, University of Cambridge (2020)
  • Sessional Academic, Corporations Law (LLB and JD), ANU College of Law (2018)

Other academic contribution

  • Reviewer, Metaphor & Symbol (2021)
  • Co-convenor, PhD Public International Law Discussion Group, University of Cambridge (2020-2021)
  • Admissions Interviewer for Law, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2020)
  • General Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (2019-2020)
  • Research Assistant to: (i) Michelle Butler, Matrix Chambers (2021); (ii) Dr Stephanie Palmer (2021) (iii) Professor Régis Bismuth (2020-2021); (iv) Professor Jean D'Aspremont (2020); (v) Professor Eyal Benvenisti (2019-2020); (vi) the ANU Centre for Commercial Law (2016-2017); (vii) the ANU Centre for International and Public Law (2016); (viii) Dr Kate Ogg and Dr Susan Rimmer (International Law) (2015-2017); (ix) Dr Bryan Keon Cohen AM QC (Mabo No 2 archival research) (2014-2015); (x) Mr Cameron Roles (Employment Law) (2013); (xi) Dr Kath Hall (Corporations Law) (2013) 

Professional experience 

  • Consultant, Climate Litigation Network/Urgenda (2020)
  • Solicitor/Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor (2017-2019)
  • Legal Intern, Trial Chamber I, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (2016-2017) 
  • Legal Administration Officer (Information and Evidence Gathering, Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals), Australian Taxation Office (2015-2016)
  • Volunteering: (i) volunteer, CCHP Cambridge night shelter (2018-2020); (ii) volunteer coordinator and volunteer solicitor, Consumer Law Centre (2017-2018); (iii) volunteer researcher, Femili PNG & Friends of Femili PNG (2017-2018); (iv) volunteer paralegal, Women's Legal Centre ACT & Region (2015-2016)


    Fields of research

    Dialogue Theory, Human Rights, International Law, Public Law



    Professor Alison Young
    Dr Andrew Sanger




    "Can we talk? The application of the public law democratic dialogue model to the interactions between domestic legislatures and the European Courts" (2021) German Law Journal (forthcoming)

    (2021) German Law Journal (forthcoming)
    Published: Forthcoming

    "Let’s Play? An examination of the ‘level playing field’ in EU Free Trade Agreements" (2021) 55(5) Journal of World Trade (forthcoming)

    (2021) 55(5) Journal of World Trade (forthcoming)
    Published: Forthcoming

    "A Doctrinal and Feminist Analysis of the Constitutionality of the Australian Citizenship Revocation Laws" (2020) 41(2) Adelaide Law Review 449

    (2020) 41(2) Adelaide Law Review 449
    Published: Aug 2020

    "Ventilators, Missiles, Doctors, Troops…The Justification of Legislative Responses to COVID-19 through Military Metaphors" (2020) 14 Law and Humanities 135

    (2020) 14 Law and Humanities 135
    Published: Aug 2020

    "Shell Companies and Exposing Beneficial Ownership: Testing the Boundaries of the International Commitment to Fight Corruption" (2019) 20(2) Melbourne Journal of International Law 378

    (2019) 20(2) Melbourne Journal of International Law 378
    Published: Mar 2020

    "A symbolic legislative gesture? An argument for active enforcement of the insider trading prohibition in Myanmar" (2020) 14(1) Law and Financial Markets Review 59

    (2020) 14(1) Law and Financial Markets Review 59
    Published: Feb 2020