Matthew Blainey
Human Rights Scholar

Matthew is an LLM in International Legal Studies candidate at New York University School of Law. He graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and a Bachelor of International Relations in 2012.

While an undergraduate, Matthew wrote an honors thesis in law that analyzed the impact of China’s attitude regarding the Responsibility to Protect on its development as a customary norm of international law. After graduating, he served as associate to Justice Hargrave at the Supreme Court of Victoria and worked as a lawyer and Senior Associate in the litigation departments of two of Australia’s preeminent international law firms, where he provided pro bono legal advice to indigenous communities and women at risk of homelessness. As a Human Rights Scholar, Matthew is conducting research with Professor Pablo de Greiff regarding the role played by constitutions in the prevention of gross human rights violations.


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