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Call for submissions: Special Edition on Law and Children’s Decision-Making

Professor Ben Mathews (pictured) from  QUT School of Law is guest Co-Editor (with Dr Dominique Moritz from the University of the Sunshine Coast) of an upcoming special edition of Laws, on children’s decision-making.

Message from the Co-Editors

The law relating to children and adolescents is complex, spans many areas of law, and crosses disciplinary boundaries. The law is continually responding to new challenges relating to children and adolescents presented by emerging scientific evidence and contemporary life.

This Special Issue provides a forum to explore the complex area of children’s and adolescents’ decision-making across a range of settings. How does the law facilitate, or fail to facilitate, children’s involvement in decisions affecting them? When does the law permit children to exercise autonomous decision-making? Under what circumstances should legal systems empower children to make decisions in different settings, and how can sound legal principles be operationalised in lived experience? This Special Issue seeks to build upon existing research to explore the nature, impact and limitations of current legal principles on children’s autonomous decision-making authority. We especially welcome cross-disciplinary contributions that advance knowledge and point to beneficial reforms.

Call for submissions

Submissions for the special edition can examine any legal topic related to child and adolescent decision-making. The deadline for submissions is Monday 12 December 2022.

For more information, contact Ben Mathews by email.

About the Laws journal

Laws is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of legal systems, theory, and institutions, published bimonthly online by MDPI. It is indexed in Scopus, HeinOnline, and many other databases.

About Professor Ben Mathews

Ben MathewsBen Mathews is a Research Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology, Member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has published 3 books, 20 government reports, over 100 refereed scholarly articles and book chapters, and 40 law reform submissions on issues concerning children and the law. He currently leads the NHMRC-funded Australian Child Maltreatment Study, which has conducted the first national Australian survey to establish the prevalence of all forms of child abuse and neglect, their association with mental health disorders, physical health, and health risk behaviours, and the associated burden of disease.

You can find out more about Ben and his research on his staff profile.

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