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Dr Holly Doel-Mackaway is a Senior Lecturer with the Macquarie Law School. Her 2016 PhD from the Macquarie Law School received the Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research for its exploration of Aboriginal children and young people's participation in law and policy development in line with article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Holly has worked for the United Nations and various international non-government organisations as a lawyer providing specialised advice on international human rights law pertaining to children and young people. She has held senior legal and managerial positions across a range of child focussed agencies including UNICEF Pacific, Save the Children and the NSW Department of Community Services. Prior to becoming a lawyer Holly worked as a social worker with women and children who had experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Holly also operates a consulting practice providing children's rights research, training, legislative and policy advice nationally and internationally.This includes advising on matters relating to the participation of children in decision making, ethical research practices with children, child protection, girls rights, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, children engaged in armed conflict, Indigenous children's rights and child rights-based approaches to research and development work.

Holly was admitted as a solicitor to the NSW Supreme Court in 2004.

Research interests

  • Children's Rights
  • Children's 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


Research student supervision

I am available for Masters and PhD supervision in children's rights; child law; constitutional law; international human rights law; Indigenous studies; gender studies, ethics and international development.

Current Supervisions

  • Emile Chidiac - 'Australian Identity and Citizenship Status in the Context of Global Terrorism'

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

1 Feb 20129 Jun 2016

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) , University of Sydney

Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Hons), University of Technology Sydney

Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Outputs 2017 2019

  • 7 Article
  • 1 Book
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review

'Ask us … this is our Country': designing laws and policies with Aboriginal children and young people

Doel-Mackaway, H., Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Children's Rights. 27, 1, p. 31-65 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

field research
government policy

Interpreting the right to play in Article 31 of the CRC: embedding autonomy and choice

Doel-Mackaway, H. & Colliver, Y., 20 Jul 2019, (In preparation) In : Human Rights Law Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

early childhood education and care
children's rights
international law

Intersections and interchanges: indigenous peoples, culture and boundaries of law

Esterling, S., Nyhan, E., Szablewska, N. & Doel-Mackaway, H., 9 May 2019, (In preparation) In : Law, Text, Culture.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Protecting migrant children: in search of best practice

Doel-Mackaway, H., 22 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Refugee Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

best practice

The right to participate in domestic law and policy development

Doel-Mackaway, H., 2019, Children's rights and sustainable development: interpreting the UNCRC for future generations. Fenton-Glynn, C. (ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 52-77 26 p. (Treaty implementation for sustainable development).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2013 2020

Realising the Power of Young Indigenous Voices in Shaping Law and Policy

Holly Doel-Mackaway (Speaker)
19 Jul 202022 Jul 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Stockholm Centre for the Rights of the Child

Holly Doel-Mackaway (Visiting researcher)
Apr 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

#HearMeToo: Girls Citizenship - Designing Law and Policy with Girls to End Gender-Based Violence

Holly Doel-Mackaway (Speaker)
24 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Queen's University Belfast - Centre for Children’s Rights

Holly Doel-Mackaway (Visiting researcher)
May 2020

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Macquarie University Centre for Environmental Law and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Holly Doel-Mackaway (Speaker)
7 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Northern Territory Lawsuit Alleges Further Abuse

Holly Doel-Mackaway


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Iceland's Ban on Circumcision

Holly Doel-Mackaway


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Q&A Program

Holly Doel-Mackaway


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment