Matthew Saul is an international lawyer with particular expertise in general international law, international human rights law, and international adjudication. He is Associate Professor in Law at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, teaching human rights, international law, Norwegian constitutional law, and European Economic Area (EEA) law. He is a guest researcher at PluriCourts - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order.
Prior to moving to Norway to work on the European Research Council funded project, MultiRights, Matthew was a lecturer at Durham University, UK (2008 – 2013). At Durham, he developed and taught on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including public international law, international investment law, European Union constitutional law, intellectual property law, and research methods. Matthew successfully defended his PhD on the topic of international law and post-conflict reconstruction (supervised by Prof. Nigel D. White) at the University of Sheffield in 2009.
Matthew’s research often deals with themes that sit at the intersection between international law and politics. Presently, he is working on the interaction between the European Court of Human Rights and national parliaments. His edited volume (with Follesdal and Ulfstein), The International Human Rights Judiciary and National Parliaments: Europe and Beyond, CUP 2017, was included by the Editor-in-Chief of the EJIL in his top ten list of good reads from 2017. His article on the European Court of Human Right's Margin of Appreciation and the Processes of National Parliaments was published in the Human Rights Law Review (OUP) in 2015. His latest article, Shaping Legislative Processes from Strasbourg, was published in the European Journal of International Law (2021).
Matthew also works on the interplay between post-conflict reconstruction policy and international law. He published an edited volume (with Sweeney) on International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy (Routledge, 2015) (see review in the ICLQ, blog symposium at International Law Observer). His monograph on Popular Governance of Post-Conflict Reconstruction was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 (see review in New York University Journal of International Law and Politics). His working paper on International Law and the Legitimacy of Interim Governments was published as part of the ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series, and a revised version was published in International Law and Transitional Governance (2020). He is the co-editor of the Routledge book series Post-Conflict Law and Justice. He is the author of an Expert opinion on denial of the right to self-determination in the context of prolonged occupation, and legal consequences thereof (commissioned by Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre in Jerusalem, June 2019).