Lecturer in Public and International Law
Matthew currently teaches the following courses:
- Public Law II (LLB)
- International Human Rights Law (LLB)
- WTO Disputes (LLM) (module convenor)
- International Investment Law (LLM) (module convenor)
Matthew is the Co-Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and sits on the University Board for Research and Innovation.
Areas of Interest
Matthew's research interests are in the areas of public international law, law and political economy, constitutional and administrative law, jurisprudence and legal theory, legal ethics and professional responsibility, socio-legal studies, and law and the humanities.
His current research projects examine the politics of legal expertise, knowledge production in international law, and the interface between international law and public law, with a particular focus on the function and accountability of the executive branch in the constitution.
Matthew welcomes expressions of interest for supervision from prospective PhD students in his areas of interest.
Research groups / Centres
- Global Law at Reading (GLAR)
- UN and Global Order Programme
- European Society of International Law
- Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network
- Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2009-)
- Windsor, M. (2017) Consigliere or conscience? The role of the government legal adviser. In: D'Aspremont, J., Gazzini, T., Nollkaemper, A. and Werner, W. (eds.) International Law as a Profession. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 355-388. ISBN 9781316492802 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316492802.016
- Windsor, M. (2016) The special responsibility of government lawyers and the Iraq inquiry. British Yearbook of International Law, 87 (1). pp. 159-176. ISSN 0068-2691 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/bybil/bry025
- Windsor, M. (2015) Narrative kill or capture: unreliable narration in international law. Leiden Journal of International Law, 28 (4). pp. 743-769. ISSN 1478-9698 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156515000412
- Bianchi, A., Peat, D. and Windsor, M., eds. (2015) Interpretation in international law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp432. ISBN 9780198725749
- Peat, D. and Windsor, M. (2015) Playing the game of interpretation: on meaning and metaphor in international law. In: Bianchi, A., Peat, D. and Windsor, M. (eds.) Interpretation in International Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 3-33. ISBN 9780198725749
- Peat, D. and Windsor, M. (2014) An interpretive turn to practice? Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 3 (2). pp. 444-449. ISSN 2050-1714 doi: https://doi.org/10.7574/cjicl.03.02.209
- Windsor, M. (2013) Government legal advisers through the ethics looking glass. In: Feldman, D. (ed.) Law in Politics, Politics in Law. Hart Studies in Constitutional Law. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 117-140. ISBN 9781849464734
- Windsor, M. (2012) (Pro)motion to dismiss? Constitutional tort litigation and threshold failure in the war on terror. British Journal of American Legal Studies, 1 (1). pp. 241-264. ISSN 2049-4092
- Windsor, M. (2011) Estlund's utopophobia: from aspiration to social dependence. Social Alternatives, 30 (4). pp. 42-45. ISSN 0155-0306
- A Fine Balance? Delegation, Standards of Review, and Subsidiarity in WTO Dispute Settlement, (2008) 14 Auckland University Law Review 41
- Interpretation in International Adjudication, (2014) 3(2) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 444-595 (with Daniel Peat)
- Review of David Dyzenhaus, Murray Hunt and Grant Huscroft (eds), A Simple Common Lawyer: Essays in Honour of Michael Taggart, (2009) 72(4) Modern Law Review 669
Op-eds / Blogs:
- Interpretation in International Law: What's in a Game?, Opinio Juris (6 April 2015) (with Daniel Peat)
- Access to Justice Thwarted in the Hague, Open Society Foundations - Case Watch (13 February 2012)
- Pretrial Detention, Pilot Judgments and the European Court of Human Rights, Open Society Foundations - Case Watch (31 January 2012)
- Staging International Economic Law From Below: On Lynn Nottage's Sweat
International Economic Law Collective Inaugural Conference, University of Warwick (November 2019)
- The Special Responsibility of Government Legal Advisers in International Law
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Legal Directorate, London (October 2019)
- Justifying Change in International Law
'The Paths of Change in International Law' Workshop, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (June 2019)
- Provincialising the Adviser in International Legal Thought
'Third World Approaches to International Law' Conference, National University of Singapore (July 2018)
- Legal Advice and the Politics of Framing in International Law
'The Politics of Legal Expertise' Workshop, University of Helsinki (June 2018)
- Advisers and International Legal Epistemology
'Ways of Knowing: Epistemology & Law' Conference, University of Westminster (May 2018)
- Article 32 VCLT and Problems of Treaty Interpretation
The Quill Project, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (February 2018)
- The Game of Interpretation in International Law
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (March 2016)
- Rethinking Interpretation in International Law
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern (September 2015)
- Consigliere or Conscience? The Role and Responsibilities of International Legal Advisers to Government
'Critical Studies of International Law' Masterclass with Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg (April 2014)
- Government Legal Advisers and the Impact of Institutional Structure on Independence
International Legal Ethics Conference VI, City University London (July 2014)
- Using History to Teach Legal Ethics
International Legal Ethics Conference VI, City University London (July 2014)
- Government Legal Advisers Through the Ethics Looking Glass
Workshop for Young Public Law Scholars, London School of Economics (June 2014)
- A Plague on Neither House? Contaminating Theory, Contaminating Practice
Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, University of Melbourne (December 2013)
- (Narrative) Kill or Capture: Targeted Killing's Narrators and the Legal International
'Turf and Texture: Narrating the Legal International' Workshop, Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy, King's College, University of Cambridge (June 2013)
- International Legal Advisers to Government and the Limits of the Legal Ethics Tradition
Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Conference, University of Cambridge (May 2013)
- International Legal Advisers to Government and Competing Loyalties
'International Law as a Profession', European Society of International Law Research Forum, University of Amsterdam (May 2013)
- Towards a Theory of International Professional Responsibility
Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of York (March 2013)
- Stooping to Conquer? Reforming the Standard of Review in WTO Dispute Settlement
New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law, Victoria University of Wellington (October 2009)
- World Trade: 'Gladiatorial Amphitheatre' or 'Collaborative Beehive'?
'The Future of Multilateralism in a Plural World' Conference, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Victoria University of Wellington (July 2009)
- Philomathia Social Sciences Research Programme, University of Cambridge School of the Humanities and Social Sciences (April 2014) (grant to attend and conduct interviews at Meeting of Legal Advisers of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Headquarters, New York, October 2014)
- Researcher Development Fund, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (August 2013) (grant to convene major conference on Interpretation in International Law at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. 200 abstracts received following issue of call for papers, and 30 papers delivered at conference)
Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, 2019) (expected); LL.M. (Columbia Law School, 2011); B.A./LL.B. (Hons) (University of Auckland, 2008).
Matthew joined the University of Reading as a Lecturer in Law in 2018.
Prior to joining Reading, Matthew was a Junior Research Fellow in Law at Hertford College, University of Oxford.
Matthew undertook a PhD at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor David Feldman QC and Judge James Crawford AC, as the recipient of the WM Tapp Studentship in Law at Gonville and Caius College. His thesis is titled Advising States: The Government Lawyer in International Law, and is currently under examination.
At Cambridge, Matthew 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 also served as managing editor of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law.
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 Nation 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.