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About Matilda Arvidsson

I am a Doctor of Law and Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Lund 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, jurisprudence, constitutional law, Islamic law, peace and conflict studies, gender studies, and human rights studies. I am currently the managing director for 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 law, 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 (forthcoming 2015), and the Australian Feminist Journal of Law special issue (vol 39) “Gardens of Justice”. I am also a published poet and writer.
I am, and have recently been, co-convening and co-organizing a number of international conferences and workshops, e.g. "Artistic and cultural praxes in the transitional and contested territory of urban public space" (streem at the CLC 2013 in Belfast)"; "Friend or Foe? - The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt" (Helsinki, 2013); and the Critical Legal Conference (CLC): "Gardens of Justice" (Stockholm, 2012). I am, and have recently been, organizing and hosting a number of international interdisciplinary research visits and seminars in Lund, e.g. by Prof. Geraldine Finn “Why Althusser Killed his Wife: Revisiting Discourses of Violence “ (2011), Dr. Yoriko Otomo (2011) “Species, Scarcity and the Secular State: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the Convention on Biological Diversity”, Prof. Alex Sharpe “Foucault, Monsters, Law: A Conversation with Alex Sharpe” (2012), Prof. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos “Take A Walk: Law, Bodies, Space” (2012), Prof. Panu Minkkinen "'The Coldest of All Cold Monsters': Nietzsche as a Constitutional Theorist" (2013), Prof. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos "The World is Rooted in Air: Atmosphere, Lawscape, Spatial Justice" (2014), Dr. Rachel Hughes "The Khmer Rouge Tribunal, ‘civil parties’ and the Cambodian diaspora" (2014), Prof. Sarah A. Stein "Extraterritorial dreams: Sephardi Jews, citizenship, and the calamitous twentieth century" (2015), Dr. Lina Olsson "Property, Sovereignty and Planning: a theoretical discussion and historical comparison of the distribution of power over urban development in Sweden and UK" (2015), Dr. Yoriko Otomo: "Thinking Through Commodities: Milk"(2015).
Current research projects include:
- Doctoral project: The Subject in International law: The Administrator of the CPA of Occupied Iraq, and its Law
- Post. doc. project (starting 2017): Targeting and the ICRC
- 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.


Present LLM, BA, Lund University Faculty of Law
Present Doctoral Candidate, Lund University Faculty of Law

Contact Information

Matilda Arvidsson
Faculty of Law, Lund University
Box 207
SE-221 00 LUND


Contributions to Books (7)

Articles (7)

Unpublished Papers (5)

Conference abstracts (27)