Project Description

Heidi Matthews

Portrait of Heidi Matthews

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2012-13, 2013-14

Heidi Matthews is a doctoral (SJD) candidate at Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on international law, specifically at the intersection of criminal law, the law of war, and human rights law. Her dissertation undertakes a genealogy of the concept of international criminality, and seeks to theorize international criminal law from the point of view of the political. Her project at the FSC is tentatively entitled Envisioning Ambivalence: Sexual Violence in Berlin, 1945. Through interviews with seven women, it examines the social meaning of mass sexual violence perpetrated by Soviet forces against German women during the fall of the Third Reich. Heidi has experience in domestic criminal defense, and has worked for the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.