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About Matthew Scott

I am a UK-qualified solicitor and a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law at Lund University in Sweden. My research examines the scope of the non-refoulement obligation in the context of disasters in an era of climate change. Starting from the recognition that disasters are increasing in part as a result of climate change, it asks to what extent existing law can address the international protection needs of individuals unwilling to return to their home countries owing to seriously adverse conditions of existence they would encounter there. Drawing on literature from the natural and social sciences as well as field reports from international humanitarian organisations, the research seeks to articulate a concept of disaster-related harm that reflects the complex interplay of human and environmental causes. Scenarios involving recent disasters are then tested against existing interpretations of the non-refoulement obligation.
My research is part-funded by the European Refugee Fund and I am part of the ERF-funded Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN). For more information see
Before commencing my doctoral research I practiced asylum and immigration law at the Immigration Advisory Service in the United Kingdom.
Before coming to the law I earned a Masters degree in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
I teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in asylum and immigration law and have delivered external training under the auspices of the Odysseus Academic Network.


Present @matthewscott111 /, Lund University Faculty of Law
Present Member of the Law Society of England and Wales, Lund University Faculty of Law
Present Doctoral Candidate in Public International Law, Lund University Faculty of Law

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