Matthew C. Kane

  • Adjunct Professor


B.A., University of Oklahoma

J.D., with distinction, University of Oklahoma

LL.M., with merit, University of London


Matt Kane joined OU Law in 2012 and teaches courses on criminal law, international criminal law, comparative law, comparative approaches to counterterrorism and torts. He also maintains an active caseload, focusing on complex civil litigation and criminal defense.  

Matt has been admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, the District of Columbia, and the Cherokee Nation, as well all Oklahoma federal districts, the Tenth Circuit, D.C. Circuit of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In a first for an Oklahoma attorney (and one of only approximately 100 in the United States), Professor Kane was appointed to the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court, permitting him to represent victims and defendants at the world’s only permanent international criminal tribunal.

Among other honors and achievements, he received the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Award of Merit for his pro bono representation relating to international child abduction litigation, the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award for the most outstanding article published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal and the Journal Record Leadership in Law Award, recognizing community leadership, significant volunteerism and accomplishment in the legal field. He has also been named to Marquis Who’s Who in America and Super Lawyers, and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent rated attorney.

Professor Kane’s scholarship centers on the nexus of criminal and international law. His co-edited book In the Shadow of Genocide: Justice and Memory within Rwanda was published by Routledge in 2023.

Additional Information


In the Shadow of Genocide: Justice and Memory within Rwanda



Traditionally Indeterminate Terms at the International Criminal Court

Winter-Spring 2022

42 Johns Hopkins SAIS Review of International Affairs, no. 1, 119-132

The Ubiquitous Ubiquity of Native American Law

April 2018

65 The Federal Lawyer, no. 3, 5, 14

Negligence Purpose, Elements, and Evidence: The Role of Foreseeability in the Law of Each State


Contributing Author

V.L. MacDougall et al. (eds.)

Naming Names: The Prudence, Propriety and Potential Ramifications of Employing ‘Terrorist’ Nomenclature for Pro-Russian Militants in Eastern Ukraine


in The Case of Crimea’s Annexation Under International Law

W. Czaplinski et al. (eds.)

Murder, Torture, Surveillance and Censorship: The Recent Nexus of Federal Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law in Alien Tort Statute Litigation

April 2016

63 The Federal Lawyer, no. 5, 34-39, 51

The Pride of the Common Law: Oklahoma’s Struggle with the Prima Facie Tort Action

Autumn 2016

with Ivan London

52 Tulsa Law Review 41-55

Accessible Judgments as a Practical Means to Reengage African Interest and Salvage the International Criminal Court


African Journal of International Criminal Justice

Atrocity Crimes and International Criminal Tribunals - Challenges, Opportunities and Future Developments


Inside the Minds: Understanding International Criminal Law

The Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Courts: Addressing the Mass Atrocities of the Khmer Rouge

Summer 2014

43 ABA International Law News, no. 3, 16-18

‘A Contradiction in Terms’: Crimes of Contempt at the International Criminal Court and the Case Against Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo’s Legal Representatives


Eyes on the ICC

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights: A Last Resort for Wrongfully Detained or Deported Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Africa

Sept. 2013

with Susan Kane

Forced Migration Review, v. 44

Seeking Redress for Violations of the Rights of Human Rights Lawyers before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

April 2013

Newsletter of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, 8th Ed.,10-14

The Indefinite Detention of Thomas Kwoyelo

Feb. 2013

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