Dr Daniel Matthews

Department of Law

Assistant Professor of Law
Deputy Director, Law and Literary Studies Programme

BA(Hons), MA (Sussex)
PhD (Lond)


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’s current research evaluates theories of sovereignty in the context of climatic change and the onset of the Anthropocene epoch. The project draws on contemporary philosophy, literature and art, as well as legal, political, and cultural theory in order examine how the theoretical coordinates that have defined modern sovereignty are being put under unprecedented pressure in the context of the new climatic regime in which we live. This research is funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. A monograph entitled Earthbound: The Aesthetics of Sovereignty in the Anthropocene is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

Daniel’s research has been published in leading international journals: The Modern Law Review; Social & Legal StudiesLaw and Critique; Law & Literature; and Law, Culture and the Humanities and he has presented his research at numerous international conferences, seminars and workshops. Daniel has held visiting positions at the University of Glasgow and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in London. He is co-editor, with Scott Veitch, of Law, Obligation, Community (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor, with Tara Mulqueen, of Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics (Counterpress, 2016). He serves on the editorial committees of Law and Critique and Law & Literature – where he is the journal’s book reviews editor. Daniel is part of the editorial team for the critical legal studies blog, Critical Legal Thinking (criticallegalthinking.com). 

In 2017 Daniel won the HKU Faculty of Law Outstanding Teacher Award for his work on the Law and Literary Studies BA/LLB programme and in 2019 was part of the team that was awarded the University Outstanding Team Teaching Award.

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 Costas Douzinas. He successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2014.

Research Area

  • Law and Literature
  • Legal Theory / Jurisprudence

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