Matthew is a senior fellow and practising barrister. He was admitted to practice in 2005 after completing articles with the Victorian Government Solicitors' Office. He worked in the Executive Branch of that Office as a solicitor until 2007 where he advised on tort, contract, administrative and constitutional law.
Before coming to the Bar, Matthew was the sole researcher to Geoffrey Robertson QC at Doughty Street Chambers, London. Prior to that, he was the associate to Justice Habersberger of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the legal researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria (now Justice Tate of the Victorian Court of Appeal).
Matthew has been on the research staff of the law faculties of the University of Oxford, and of New South Wales. He contributed to a number of leading international law textbooks and reports, as well as co-authoring a legal guide for members of the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal. In 2002, he was the Blake Dawson Pro Bono Fellow for legal research.
In 2004, Matthew worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya as a legal protection officer. He has done consultancy work for the United Nations, most recently on legal issues arising from environmental displacement.
Matthew completed his undergraduate study at the University of Melbourne and his postgraduate degree in international refugee law at the University of Oxford, for which he received the highest mark ever awarded for the course.