The Rt. Hon. Sir Mathew Thorpe is a former Lord Justice of Appeal (England and Wales). He served as a judge of the Family Division of the High Court from 1988-1995 and from 1995-2013 on the Court of Appeal. From 2005-2013 he was Vice-President of the Family Division and the inaugural Head of International Family Law. Sir Mathew handed down the majority of leading judgments in family appeals between 2000 and 2013, particularly those concerning international family law and matrimonial finance.
Sir Mathew has a worldwide reputation for his work in international family law and particularly in promoting co-operation between nations on family law matters. He proposed the creation of the International Hague Network of Judges at the de Ruwenberg Conference in 1998 and successfully campaigned for its growth and development. He initiated the Germanophone/Anglophone Family Law Conference in 1997, the Commonwealth/Common Law Family Law Conferences in and after 2000 and Francophone/Anglophone Conference in 2003. In 2010 he launched the Association of International Judges at the Brussels Conference. He chaired the Expert Group on the European Judicial Network which has drafted and published the Best Practice Guide to Proceedings under the 1980 Hague Convention and Article II of Regulation Brussels II BiS.
Sir Mathew is a qualified mediator and has a Certificate in Family Arbitration (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2012).