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Matthew Weait
London, UK
Legal Academic
Interests: Law, legal theory, HIV, human rights, social justice, higher education, pedagogy, legal services, fiction writing, life writing
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When I was a lad, I often used to spend the money I earned selling biros at W.H.Smith in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre of a Saturday, on cheap seats at the ENO. You could sit in knee-numbing and precipitous discomfort at the back at the top for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at The Times That Belong To Us
When I was eighteen I read Le Silence de la Mer, a novella by the resistance writer Vercors. It had a huge impact on me. Later, in my twenties, I read his L'Imprimerie de Verdun; and still later, a strange novel entitled Les Animaux Dénaturés. This book, published after the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at The Times That Belong To Us
Today, September 1st 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of my first academic job, and it seems right to remember and reflect on three decades in the higher education sector. So much has changed, and my experiences have been so varied, it seems important to take stock. On 1st September 1986... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at The Times That Belong To Us
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Posted Oct 12, 2014 at While There's Still Light
Here's a piece in the online journal Don't Do It about the law and s/m: Erotic Treason Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at The Times That Belong To Us
I spent most of this week at Cove Park at a writing workshop with other students and graduates of the Birkbeck Creativing Writing MA Programme. Cove Park is on a dangle of land between Loch Long and Gare Loch, with views towards bleak hills. The light falls thickly through the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at The Times That Belong To Us
Some Reflections on Norway’s Law Commission Report on Criminal Law and the Transmission of Disease (based on the English Summary – which can be found here: The quotations are from the Report, the passages after each are initial observations. “Many declarations and statements have a global objective and do... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
The arrest in Athens of 17 female sex workers living with HIV this week is outrageous on many levels. It is not that a significant number of them have had their right to respect for private life violated (12 had their photographs published on a police website), nor that there... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
I wrote a piece for (availabel in Swedish at The English orignal is as follows (Swedish edited version may be slightly different). There is a horror film from 1992 called “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle”. The plot centres on the efforts of a vengeful nanny to destroy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
Here is a lecture I gave on April 16th 2012 to people involved in implementing Norway's HIV strategy 2009-14. Download Norway lecture April 2012 Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
I did a couple of interviews in Stockholm on the topic of HIV criminalisation. Here are the links: (this is an online journal for practising lawyers in Sweden) There is a Google translation of this here: Download “British law professor to hard attack on the Swedish HIV-law _ Daily... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
It's not often that you get to feel that academic research and scholarship is really worthwhile, but sometimes things just click. I wasproud to have been one of twenty academics, activists and civil society representatives from across the world who met in Oslo last week to finalise and launch of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
I am undertaking a research project in March / April 2012 into the efforts of HIV activists and organisations in Scandinavian and Nordic countries to reform laws which criminalize HIV transmission, exposure and non-disclosure. The details of the project can be found below. I would be grateful for assistance from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
A few years ago I had dinner at my old College, Gonville and Caius, at Cambridge University. After dinner about six people stayed on for dessert, which took place in the Panelled Room. The SCR at Caius is a beautiful place, especially when lit by candlelight (there's a picture of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at The Times That Belong To Us
When I was invited to give this lecture I was excited, enthusiastic and flattered. What a wonderful opportunity to talk to an engaged, inquisitive, and open-minded audience of people who share each other’s interests, respect each other’s values, and who are receptive to new ideas and ways of thinking. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us
This is the link to a piece about criminal liability for the transmission of herpes, published in The Guardian's Comment is Free. Pass on herpes, go to jail? Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us
And I quote: "Can it be wondered at that a world in which the forces of the State are devoted to producing in the young insanity, stupidity, readiness for homicide, economic injustice, and ruthlessness - can it be wonderd at, I say, that such a world is not a happy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us
Robert - excellent post, with lots of very interesting and provocative ideas. I think you are absolutely on the money about what these orders reflect, and that this is something deeper and more systemic about law and its use in constructing / constraining / managing social interaction. They seem to me also to be in tune with wider socio-legal developments in "risk society", not so different at one level from the move towards whole body X-rays in airports or the construction of PLHIV as being infected with biological weaponry (as the Michigan case suggested). I guess that taken together there is a way of reading these developments as emblematic / symptomatic of the hyper-individualism that marks neo-Liberal society (or, paradoxically, the "Big Society" that demands that we take responsibility for others, rather than being supported through law and other social institutions to develop bonds of properly mutual care and support).
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Aug 4, 2011
When someone is convicted of an offence of recklessly transmitting HIV, courts appear to be increasingly minded to impose - in addition to the sentence for the offence - a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) or - most recently an ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order). The most recent case (an ASBO)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us
When I was eighteen I worked for a winter season in Gstaad, Switzerland, as a plongeur (a washer-upper). The fact that another name given to this job was "pêcheur de perles" did not make it any less unedifying, routine and unfulfilling, For day after day I would stand in front... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us
I was disappointed to see that Opera North has asked Lee Hall (who wrote the screenplay for Billy Elliott) to change the libretto for an opera he has been working on for them. The opera has been a large-scale community project involving a lot of school children in Yorkshire. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us
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Jul 3, 2011
I am privileged to be a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Global Commission on HIV and Law. Please draw to the attention of relevant people and organisations the following call for evidence: The Global Commission on HIV and the Law has been hosting Regional Dialogues. The dialogues... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2011 at The Times That Belong To Us