Anaïs Mattez

Anaïs is a PhD researcher in Cultural Heritage and the Law, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Previously, she read Law and Philosophy at the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium, where she obtained her two masters degrees.

She started her professional legal career at UNESCO Bangkok, where she supported the organization’s work on the UNESCO 1970 Convention. She then pursued the same project at  UNIDROIT, in Rome, where she investigated on the private law aspects of antiquity restitution and researched on the 1995 Convention on illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

Beside legal research, she also spent extended time living and practicing Buddhism in a forest monastery in Thailand and in the Shaolin Temple, China.

Anaïs is passionate about the environment, art, comparative law and many other social change topics. She is now married, lives in Hong Kong and has one cat.

Field of Study: Art Law

Thesis Title: Illicit trafficking and restitution of cultural artifacts from Southeast Asia

Programme of Study: Ph.D. 

Supervisor(s): Dr. Jedidiah Kroncke


First Prize for Memorandum on behalf of the Applicant, International & European Tax Moot Court competition 2014 (KULeuven)

Award of HKU Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS)