Matthew C. Kane

  • Adjunct Professor


B.A., University of Oklahoma, 1998

J.D., with distinction, University of Oklahoma, 2002


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

In a first for an Oklahoma attorney (and one of only approximately 50 in the United States), Professor Kane was appointed to the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court, permitting representation of victims and defendants at the world’s only permanent international criminal tribunal. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Oklahoma, representing indigent defendants on a wide range of criminal matters, and sits on a number of state and county bar committees. Matt is also currently a member of the Board of Editors for the Federal Bar Association’s Federal Lawyer and the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Briefcase.

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 the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Oklahoma), Super Lawyers, and the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys: Top 10 Criminal Attorneys (Oklahoma), and is rated as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent attorney. 

Professor Kane’s scholarship centers on the nexus of criminal and international law. He is currently coediting In the Shadow of Genocide: Memory, Justice, and Transformation within Rwanda, with an expected 2016 publication.

Additional Information


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

‘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

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