Academic Staff

Dr Daniel Matthews

Assistant Professor of 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 Literature; Social and Legal Studies; Law 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.



Books and Edited Collections

  • Co-editor (with Tara Mulqueen), Being Social: Ontology, Law, Politics (Oxford: Counterpress, 2015). 
  • Joint editor (with Dimitrios Tzanokopolous), “Theory Engaged: Perspectives of Discontent – A Special Edition of Law and Critique,” Volume 23, No. 3 2012.
  • Co-editor (with Marco Wan), “Legal Marginalia” – A Special Edition of Law and Humanities (forthcoming, 2017 – currently editing submissions).
  • Co-author (with Illan rua Wall and Matthew Stone), The Other Critical Legal Studies (under contract with Counterpress, expected completion in 2019/20).

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Co-author (with Scott Veitch), “The Limits of Critique and the Forces of Law”, Law and Critique (2016) 27: 349.
  • “Plasticity, Jurisdiction and the Interruption of Sovereignty: A response to Catherine Malabou via José Saramago’s Seeing,  Law and Literature (2016), DOI: 10.1080/1535685X.2016.1216065
  • "Narrative, Space and Atmosphere A Nomospheric Inquiry into Hong Kong’s Pro-democracy ‘Umbrella Movement’." Social & Legal Studies (2016), DOI: 0964663916649257.               
  •  “From Jurisdiction to Juriswriting: At the Expressive Limits of the Law” Law, Culture and the Humanities (2014),DOI:10.1177/1743872114525745.
  • “The Question of Political Responsibility and the Foundation of the National Transitional Council for Libya” Law and Critique (2012) 23: 237-252
  • Editorial: “Theory Engaged: Perspectives of Discontent” Law and Critique (2012) 23: 183-184, (with Dimitrios Tzanokopolous).

Book Chapters

  • “The nomos of the Umbrella Movement” in The Legal and Political Significance of the Taiwan Sunflower and Hong Kong Umbrella Movements: Critical Neighbours (forthcoming with Routledge, 2017 – book manuscript with publisher).
  • “A Spirit of the Common: Reimaging the Common Law with Jean-Luc Nancy” in Space, Power and the Making of the Commons, eds. Samuel Kirwan, Leila Dawney and Julian Brigstocke (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016).
  • “On the Law of Being Social or Writing the Law” in Being Social, Mulqueen and Matthews eds, (Oxford: Counterpress, 2015)

Book Reviews

  • "Robert P. Burns: Kafka’s Law: The Trial and American Criminal Justice." International Journal for the Semiotics of Law-Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique 29.1 (2016): 237-241.
  • Andreas Philippoplous-Mihalopolous, “Spatial Justice: Body, Lawscape, Atmosphere.” Radical Philosophy (2015) 192: 64-67.
  • Richard Joyce, “Competing Sovereignties.” Law Culture and the Humanities (2014) 10(2), 310-312.
  • Jacques de Ville, “Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality.” Derrida Today, (2013), Vol. 6.2, 260-265.
  • Illan rua Wall, “Human Rights and Constituent Power: Without Model or Warranty.” Law Culture and the Humanities, (2012) 8(2), 378-380.