Dr. Daniel Matthews (Deputy Director – Law)

Dr Daniel Matthews is Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Law and Literary Studies BA/LLB programme at the University of Hong Kong. Daniel teaches and researches in the fields of legal theory and law and literature. His interdisciplinary research engages with literature and contemporary philosophy, as well as political, social and cultural theory in order to analyse and critically evaluate legal institutions and practices. His current work focuses on questions of sovereignty, jurisdiction and political community. This research assesses the contested nature of these concepts in the contemporary moment, drawing on literary, legal and philosophical texts, with an emphasis, inter alia, on the work of continental philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy, Bruno Latour and Giorgio Agamben. Along with Tara Mulqueen (University of Warwick, UK), Daniel edited Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics. His work has been published in leading international journals: Law and LiteratureSocial and Legal StudiesLaw and Critique and Law, Culture and the Humanities and he has presented his research at numerous international conferences, seminars and workshops. He serves on the Editorial Committees of Law and Critique and Law and Literature – where he is the journal’s book reviews editor. In addition, he sits on the advisory board of the innovative, online interdisciplinary journal, The London Journal of Critical Thought. When he finds the time, Daniel contributes to the critical legal studies blog, Critical Legal Thinking.

Taking a somewhat circuitous route to the law, Daniel completed his BA(Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature and his MA in Critical Theory (both at The University of Sussex). He was awarded the Graduate Diploma in Law (University of East Anglia) before moving on to his doctoral studies in legal theory at Birkbeck Law School, University of London under the supervision of Professor Costas Douzinas. He successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2014.