Professor Matthew Weait
My academic background is in law, criminology, and socio-legal studies. I have worked at Oxford, Keele, The Open University, and at Birkbeck, University of London, where I was one of the founding members of the School of Law. I qualified as a Barrister, but do not practise. I am a Bencher of the Middle Temple, where I am a member of the Education and Training Committee, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have held visiting positions at the the universities of British Columbia, Stockholm, and Bergen, and at Cardozo Law School, the American Bar Foundation, and New College, Oxford.
My research interests lie in the fields of law, human rights and public health, specifically the impact of criminal laws and criminal justice enforcement practices on HIV prevention and on the lives both of people living with HIV, and of those who belong to key (or “at risk”) populations. I have published widely in this area, and have contributed to a number of international initiatives aimed at minimising the adverse impact of such laws and practices. These include the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2012), a number of projects for the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), and work with the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN). I have a particular interest in public health and legal culture in the Nordic and Scandinavian countries.
I am a keen fiction writer and belong to an active writing group.