Holly Doel-Mackaway



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Dr Holly Doel-Mackaway is a Senior Lecturer with the Macquarie Law School. Her research focuses on children and the law and interrogates the legal relationship between children and the State. Holly's 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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