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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.

Before joining the Macquarie Law School Holly 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. Holly also operated a child rights consulting practice for over 10 years providing children's rights research, training, legislative and policy advice nationally and internationally on matters relating to child protection, girls rights, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, children engaged in armed conflict and child rights-based approaches to research and development.

Holly was admitted as a solicitor to the NSW Supreme Court in 2004. Prior to becoming a lawyer Holly worked as a social worker with women and children who had experienced domestic violence and sexual abuse.


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

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

Current Supervisions

  • Joanna Mitchell (MRes) - 'The Participation of Children in Australian Administrative Tribunals'
  • Emile Chidiac (PhD) - '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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Research Outputs

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

  • 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 proceedingChapter

    A model for the participation of Indigenous children and young people in research

    Doel-Mackaway, H., 20 Oct 2017, Research Ethics Monthly.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

    Open Access


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

    Holly Doel-Mackaway (Visiting researcher)

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Pasifika Connections Program Mentor

    Holly Doel-Mackaway (Other), Matalena Tofa (Other)
    1 May 20191 May 2020

    Activity: Other

    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