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About Dr Matilda Arvidsson

I am a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Law at the Department of Law, Gothenburg University. My research interests include issues of international law - in particular theory and history of international law, international humanitarian law, and international law of belligerent occupation - theory of law, Islamic law, political theology, psychoanalysis, ethics, the legal office, spatial justice, animal jurisprudence, and law/poetry.
Topics I have researched and published on include those above, focusing on the occupation of Iraq, 2003-2004, and the figure of the administrator of the Coalition provisional authority (CPA); theory of international law of belligerent occupation; the history of international humanitarian law; International law and the First World War in the Middle East; Carl Schmitt, the katechon, and international law of belligerent occupation; Gertrude Bell and the making of modern Iraq; Gardens, feminist theory and and spatial justice; Street art and spatial justice; Swedish judicial culture, the office of law and ethics; Swedish judicial culture and Islamic legal tradition.
I take a particular research interest in the scholarships of Judith Butler and Jean Laplanche.
I teach within the fields of international law, migration law, jurisprudence and legal theory, constitutional law, Islamic law, peace and conflict studies, gender studies, and human rights studies. I am currently the director of migration law within the Legal Clinic at the Department of Law, Gothenburg University. I have previously acted as course director of international law and history, and managing director of the law and gender studies at the Faculty of Law and the Department of Gender Studies at Lund University. In 2011-2012, I was a member of the Board of Directors at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University (
I have published a number of academic articles and book chapters in the fields of international humanitarian law, posthumanist feminist theory and IHL, legal ethnography, as well as Islamic law and judicial culture. I have also co-edited a number of academic volumes, including e.g. a Routledge volume on the contemporary relevance of Carl Schmitt (2016), and the Australian Feminist Journal of Law special issue (vol 39) “Gardens of Justice”. I am also a published poet and writer.

Current research projects include:
- Urban Creativity - Pufendorf Institute collaborative project led by Dr Peter Bengtsen
- Post. doc. project (207-2019): Targeting, Technology, and New Feminist Ontologies
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow (2017), Melbourne Law School, Laureate Program in International Law ( Project: Military Occupation, Civil War, and the Lieber Code
- I am a partner in research of the NordForsk sponsored interdisciplinary Nordic research network Norms and Narratives in the Nordic Nations (NoNa) (, the Political Constitutional Theory (PolCon) reseach network (, a member of the LSA International Law and Policy Collaborative Research Network, and a Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy alumni.


2017 - Present Postdoctoral researcher, Lecturer, Course Director, University of Gothenburg ‐ Department of Law
2006 - 2017 LLM, BA, Lund University Faculty of Law

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

International law of belligerent occupation, International humanitarian law, The occupation of Iraq, 2003-2004, and the Coalition Provisional Authority, Law and theory, History of international law, and Islamic law and Swedish legal practice


2018 - 2019 Urban Creativity
Role: Researcher
Colleague(s): Peter Bengtsen
2017 - 2019 Targeting, Technology, and New Feminist Ontologies
Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse
Targeting in International Humanitarian Law and Practice
Role: Postdoctoral fellow
Colleague(s): Gregor Noll, Markus Gunneflo, Amin Parsa
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  • Offentligrätt
  • Rättt, Kunskap, Makt
  • Migrationsrätt

Contact Information

Dr Matilda Arvidsson
Juridiska institutionen, Handelshögskolan, Göteborgs Universitet
Vasagatan 1
P.O.Box 650
405 30 Göteborg


Contributions to Books (7)

Articles (7)

Unpublished Papers (5)

Conference abstracts (27)