Matthew Scott





Matthew is a UK-qualified lawyer specialising in the legal protection of people displaced in the context of disasters and climate change. Set to defend his doctoral dissertation early in 2018, Matthew also teaches Masters-level courses in international human rights law and international refugee law at Lund University and for the University of London, School of Advanced Study MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. In addition to legal qualifications he also holds a MA in Social Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He speaks Swedish, Russian, French and some Spanish and Arabic.

He has close to 15 years of experience working in the field of international migration and forced displacement, including with UNHCR, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship and as a specialist immigration and asylum legal aid lawyer in London. His academic work has been published in the International Journal of Refugee Law, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Forced Migration Review and in specialist edited volumes, including most recently the Elgar Research Handbook on Refugees (forthcoming). He is a doctoral affiliate of the Refugee Law Initiative, a member of the Lund/Uppsala Migration Research Network (LUMIN) and a Member of the Law Society of England and Wales. 

Publications/recent projects:

  • Matthew Scott, ‘Climate Refugees and the 1951 Convention’ in Satvinder Juss (ed) Elgar Research Handbook on Refugees (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017) (forthcoming)
  • Matthew Scott, ‘Finding Agency in Adversity: Applying the Refugee Convention in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change’ (2016) 35 Refugee Survey Quarterly 26
  • Matthew Scott, ‘A role for Strategic Litigation’ (2015) 49 Forced Migration Review: Disasters and Displacement in a Changing Climate 
  • Matthew Scott, ‘Refuge from Climate Change-Related Harm: Evaluating the Scope of International Protection within the Common European Asylum System” in C Bauloz and others (eds) Seeking Asylum in the European Union: Critical Perspectives on the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2015)
  • Matthew Scott, ‘Natural Disasters, Climate Change and Non-Refoulement: What Scope for Resisting Expulsion under Articles 3 and 8 ECHR?’ (2014) 26 International Journal of Refugee Law 404