Matthew Zagor (Senior Lecturer in Law; Deputy Director of the National Europe Centre) has a degree in Religious Studies with Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies; University of London; and an LLB from the University of New South Wales. He worked on the India desk at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International (AI); and as the refugee coordinator and government liaison officer at the Australian Section of AI.
Matthew practiced as a solicitor in several community legal centres and the Commonwealth Legal Aid Commission; working primarily with migrants and asylum-seekers. As a federal public servant; he worked in the Australian Greenhouse Office; the Migration Review Tribunal; and the Attorney General's Department. He was a part-time Member on the MRT (03-06); and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE in 2006.
Matthew teaches in the public, refugee, human rights, environmental and comparative constitutional law programs. His recent research has focused upon the principle of legality and judicial rhetoric, the rediscovery of constitutional 'faith' in the United Kingdom, the potential role of constitutional patriotism in Australian legal thought, the evolution of the principle of 'elementary considerations of humanity' in international law, the construction of refugee identity through legal narrative, and the perspectives of legality of Israeli soldiers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.