Matthew maintains an active range of academic interests in law, philosophy and economics.


Matthew’s first degrees (BA and MA) were from Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he obtained Triple First Class honours in Philosophy. He specialised in mathematical and philosophical logic and the writings of Kant and Hegel, and submitted a thesis entitled Anti-Realism and Theories of Meaning, which likewise was awarded a First Class grade.

Matthew then went on to study law at the College of Law in London, where for his CPE exams he came 14th in a class of over 600 and was awarded the Clifford Chance Prize.

Matthew studied for his LLM in international law and economics at the University of Chicago Law School, where he came top of his class. He then went on to pursue his doctoral degree at the same university, supervised by Richard Posner, the prominent American jurist and Federal Appellate Judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and his son Eric Posner, the well-known University of Chicago academic and proponent of realism in contemporary international relations.


Matthew has an extensive academic publications record, principally in the areas of international law, international relations and post-conflict reconstruction.

From 2009-2010 Matthew was a visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), with whom he commenced a comparative research project into the legal architecture of post-conflict constitutional and federal settlements in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. This research will become the subject of a new book.

Matthew is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, and is happy to meet you there. He is also a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and participates regularly in academic conferences on issues of international law in England, Switzerland and elsewhere.