Matthew P Roberton's Publications

Peer reviewed papers

• (with Sue Trevaskes and Tobias Smith). “(Not) Talking about the Death Penalty in the Xi Jinping Era.” International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (forthcoming September 2022)

• Robertson, Matthew P. and Jacob Lavee. “Execution by organ procurement: Breaching the dead donor rule in China.” American Journal of Transplantation April 2022.

• Robertson, Matthew P. “Predatory Biopolitics: Organ Harvesting and Other Means of Monetizing Uyghur ‘Surplus’” in The Xinjiang emergency: Exploring the causes and consequences of China’s mass detention of Uyghurs ed. Michael Clarke. Manchester University Press. April 2022.

• Robertson, Matthew P., Raymond L. Hinde, and Jacob Lavee. 2019. “Analysis of Official Deceased Organ Donation Data Casts Doubt on the Credibility of China’s Organ Transplant Reform.” BMC Medical Ethics 20 (1): 79.

• Rogers W, Robertson MP, Ballantyne A, Blakely B, Catsanos R, Clay-Williams R, et al. "Compliance with ethical standards in the reporting of donor sources and ethics review in peer-reviewed publications involving organ transplantation in China: a scoping review." BMJ Open. 2019;9:e024473.

• Rogers, Wendy A., Matthew P. Robertson, and Jacob Lavee. 2017. “Engaging with China on Organ Transplantation.” BMJ 356 (February):j665.


• Robertson, Matthew. Organ Procurement and Extrajudicial Execution in China: A Review of the Evidence (March 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Working papers

• (with Bermond Scoggins). “Trust Us: Reproducibility and Pre-registration in Political Science.” Available in preprint at

• Robertson, Matthew. Authentication and Analysis of Purported Undercover Telephone Calls Made to Hospitals in China on the Topic of Organ Trafficking (February 11, 2020). V.O.C. China Studies Working Paper 1/2020. Version 1., Available at SSRN: or


• with Jacob Lavee. China’s Killer Doctors: How the PRC’s lucrative transplant industry kills donors by removing their organs. Tablet. June 28, 2022.

• with Jacob Lavee. In China, New Evidence That Surgeons Became Executioners. The Wall Street Journal. May 31, 2022.

• Robertson, Matthew P. 2020. “Counterterrorism or Cultural Genocide? Theory and Normativity in Knowledge Production About China’s ‘Xinjiang Strategy.’” Made in China Journal. June 12, 2020.


• Tohti, Ilham. “We Uyghurs Have No Say: An Imprisoned Writer Speaks.” Verso Books. March 2022.

• Most of the content of the website China Change from 2015–2019.