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Matilda Arvidsson

Universitetslektor, biträdande

Department of
Visiting address
Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 650
40530 Göteborg

About Matilda Arvidsson

Matilda Arvidsson, BA, LLM, LLD, associate professor (Docent) in international law, assistant senior lecturer in law and theory, 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 AI and law, legal and theory, international law, posthumanism and technology, as well as the embodiment of law in its various forms and in inter-species relations. She is an associate editor of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Law & Technology (…), and part of the editorial board of Law, Technology and Humans ( 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. Matilda takes on theses for supervision on PhD levels within all fields of international law and legal theory related to AI and digitalization, the 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.

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: Hugo Lundberg (international law), Dept of Law, University of Gothenburg. Karin Åberg (international law), Dept of Law, University of Gothenburg. Kristina Wejestål (international and EU law), Dept of Law, University of Gothenburg.


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

On other web sites

Research areas

  • AI and Law
  • International law
  • Legal theory

Research in progress

  • Democratic participation, AI and Law in the Human+ Condition, funded by WASP-HS (PI), 2021-2026
  • The Past as Present: Contemporary Legal Fragmentation and The Mission Covenant Church of Sweden as a Rule of Law Actor in Congo 1881–1961, funded by The Swedish Research Council, (PI), 2022-2025

Teaching areas

  • Legal theory
  • International 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