Associate Professor Matthew Zagor

BA (Hons 1st Class, London), LLB (UNSW), DipLP
Associate Professor
ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Human Rights Law 180114
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) 180116
  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Legal Institutions (Incl. Courts And Justice Systems) 180120
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122
  • Law And Society 180119
  • Law And Society 180119

Research interests

Refugee law - doctrinal, theoretical, and interdisciplinary approaches (eg refugee narrative identities and recognition; judicial approaches to the Refugee Convention - the High Court of Australia as global outlier; autonomy and authenticity in refugee legal discourses; antinominianism in refugee resettlement policy; discerning a political theology in refugee law and policy)

Judicial roles and rhetoric - identifying a legal and political theory in judicial approaches to exclusion and detention (project with the AACL, co-authorship with Dr Amelia Simpson); principle of legality; constitutional reverence / patriotism.

International Law - the 'humanity turn'; international law and religion.




Current student projects

Current PhD Supervision (2019):

- Isaiah Okorie, Non-refoulement and customary international law - an empirical approach (Chair)

- Justine Poon, Encounters at the Border: The disembodiment of asylum seekers and the embodiment of sovereignty in Australian law and discourse' (Panel)

- Katherine Waterford, The Nature and Limits of Commonwealth Executive Power to Detain (Panel)




Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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