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Matilda Arvidsson


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41124 Göteborg
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40530 Göteborg

About Matilda Arvidsson

Matilda Arvidsson, BA, LLM, LLD, Docent in international law, has studied law in Lund, Jerusalem and Khartoum. She completed her LLD in international law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, from where she also holds a LLM in jurisprudence and a BA in political science.

Her research interests are interdisciplinary and include law and theory, migration law, international and public law, humanitarian law, posthumanism and technology, artificial intelligence (AI), as well as the embodiment of law in its various forms and in inter-species relations. She has been invited to talk about her research in various institutions around the world, most recently at the University of North Florida, USA, and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She is an associate editor of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Law & Technology (…), and part of the editorial board of Law, Technology and Humans (

Topics Matilda has researched and published on include those mentioned above, focusing on the theory and history of international humanitarian law; posthumanist feminist theory, as well as AI and contemporary legal concerns.

Matilda is Course Director for Migration Law, HRS282 (advanced level, 15hp) with Street Law within the Legal Clinic, and she teaches within the fields of international law, legal theory, constitutional law, migration law, and human rights studies, and she takes on thesis for supervision on masters and PhD levels within all fields of international law related to use of force and armed conflict, law and technology, feminism, posthumanism, critical theory, animal jurisprudence, and related topics. She has a background in legal practice and acts as a pro bono legal adviser.

Matilda is a Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) alumni. She reviews manuscripts and journal articles for a number of publishing houses and academic journals, including Oxford University Press, Routledge, Leiden Journal of International Law, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Griffith Law Review.

Recent visiting research positions (a selection):2018-19 Helsinki University Law School, Finland; 2018-19 La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; 2017 Melbourne Law School, Australia

Supervised Doctoral students: Karin Åberg, Dept of Law, University of Gothenburg Kristina Wejestål, Dept of Law, University of Gothenburg


Matilda has two young children and worked part-time between 2009 and 2017.

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Research areas

  • International law
  • Legal theory
  • Public Law

Research in progress

  • The Past as Present: Contemporary Legal Fragmentation and The Mission Covenant Church of Sweden as a Rule of Law Actor in Congo 1881–1961, The Swedish Research Council, (PI), 2022-2025
  • Sustainable Ocean Environmental Data: AI, Innovation and Legal Responsibility, Adlerbertska stiftelsen (PA), 2020-2024
  • Deciding for myself: AI and decision making towards the end of the life course, AgeCap (PI), 2020-2023
  • Likabehandling i asylmål: kan maskininlärning bidra till bättre beslut?, Vinnova (PI) 2019-2020

Teaching areas

  • Legal theory
  • International law
  • Public Law (migration law, constitutional law)

Selected publications

Targeting, Gender and International Posthumanitarian Law and Practice: Framing the Question of the Human in International Humanitarian LawArvidsson, MatildaAustralian Feminist Law Journal, 44:1, s. 9-28, 2018

The swarm that we already are: Artificially Intelligent (AI) swarming ‘insect drones’, targeting and international humanitarian law in a posthuman ecologyArvidsson, MatildaJournal of Human Rights and the Environment, 11:1, 2020

The Turn to History in International Law and the Sources Doctrine: Critical Approaches and Methodological ImaginariesArvidsson, Matilda, McKenna, Miriam BakLeiden Journal of International Law, 33:1, s. 37-56, 2020