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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Holly Doel-Mackaway


Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Australia



Dr Holly Doel-Mackaway has been working in the children’s rights field for over 25 years as a lawyer, social worker and academic. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on international children’s rights law, children’s participation and protection rights, juvenile justice, girls’ rights and Indigenous children’s rights. She is currently working on several major grant projects spanning five continents. She is the co-Editor-In-Chief of the Australian Journal of Human Rights and co-leads the Children’s Rights, Participation and Protection Research Stream in the Faculty of Arts and is an elected member of the Academic Senate. Holly collaborates with a range of human rights NGOs and regularly comments on child law matters in the media. She also plays an active role with the legal profession across the Asia-Pacific region in her role as the Expert Counsellor for Children, Indigenous People and Gender for the LAWASIA Human Rights Committee.



Indigenous children's right to participate in law and policy development (Routledge 2022),


Children's Rights and Children and the Law; Juvenile Justice; Children and Young People's Participation; Rights of the Girl Child; Constitutional Law; International Human Rights Law; Indigenous Studies; Gender and Feminist Studies; International Development and Research Ethics
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