Matthew Burton

Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

Birmingham Law School

Title of thesis: Commonwealth Constitutionalism

Supervisors: Dr Adrian Hunt and Mr Graham Gee


  • LLB – University of Leicester
  • LLM – University of Cambridge


Matthew Burton graduated from the University of Leicester in 2009 with a First Class Honours in Law. During his LLB Matthew was awarded the May Fund Prize in recognition of his academic achievements in his undergraduate dissertation. Subsequently Matthew studied at the University of Cambridge (Sidney Sussex) for a Masters in Law. Matthew joined the Birmingham Law School in 2010 as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant. His doctoral research is a comparative study of the methods of human rights protection through statutory bills of rights in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Doctoral research

PhD title Commonwealth Constitutionalism
Supervisor Dr Adrian Hunt
Course Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


Matthew’s research interests are in public law, political theory, jurisprudence, international law, human rights and criminal law.


Matthew's research examines how national legislatures in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are involved in the project of human rights protection, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, and the Human Rights Act respectively. 

Other activities

Matthew is a postgraduate research student representative on the law school’s Staff-Student Consultation Committee.


Book Reviews:

  • Review of R. Ekins, The Nature of Legislative Intent [2013] Public Law 901
  • Review of K. D. Ewing, Bonfire of the Liberties: New Labour, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law (2011) 11 Human Rights Law Review 407

Newspaper articles: