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Mr Piers Gooding BA.,PhD
| Piers joined the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) in March 2014 after finalising his PhD candidature at the Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health, Monash University, School of Law. His research focuses on mental health, disability and human rights, with a specific focus on legal capacity and decision-making support in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. During his PhD candidature Piers held a research visiting fellowship at Kings College London, School of Law, under a Menzies Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, and received a number of other awards. He has held research positions with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Australian Mental Health Commission; the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, in partnership with People with Disabilities Australia; and has worked with a range of non-government organisations as a researcher and advocate. Piers joins the CDLP as a research associate providing law reform materials based on Article 12 of the UN Convention, and provides specific support for the EU Person Project (http://www.eu-person.com) and current Irish legal capacity law reform.
| Piers' research interests include disability justice in the broad sense of the term: economic, social and political equality for people with disabilities. His PhD research focused on mental health law and its compatibility with the UN CRPD. This focus expanded to the reform of law and policy related to legal capacity for all persons with disabilities. Piers' research interests and experience include the following areas: mental health law, self-directed funding, participatory action research methods, the reduction and elimination of seclusion and restraint in mental health settings, civil commitment laws, supported decision-making, community development, self-advocacy, legal capacity and access to justice.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Piers Gooding (2015) 'Navigating the ‘Flashing Amber Lights’ of the Right to Legal Capacity in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Responding to Major Concerns'. Human Rights Law Review, . [Details]|
|Piers Gooding (2013) 'Supported Decision-Making: A Rights-Based Disability Concept and Its Implications for Mental Health Law'. Psychiatry, Psychology And Law, . [Details]|
|Bernadette McSherry & Piers Gooding (2013) 'Torture and ill-treatment in health care settings: Lessons from the United Nations'. Journal of law and medicine, . [Details]|
|Piers Gooding (2014) 'Change and Continuity: A Historical Overview of the Significance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Mental Health Law' Web Journal of Current Legal Issues 20 (3) . [Details]|
|C Harvey, L Ning, R Callander, M Leggatt, P Gooding & S Woodhouse (2009) Privacy & Confidentiality Issues Paper. Mental Health Commission of Australia, Canberra, Australia. [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2011.
Title: The Dontas Family Travelling Fellowship (legal)
| Year: 2012.
Title: Australian Bicentennial Fellowship
| Year: 2010.
Title: Australian Postgraduate Award - Law PhD Scholarship
|Association: Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology & Law, Function/Role: Member|
| Piers has tutored at the School of Social and Political Science, at the University of Melbourne, and at the School of Philosophy and the School of Criminology, at Monash University. Subjects have included human rights theory, critical analytical skills and research methodologies, criminology and media studies.
| I am currently working actively with the Deputy Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Dr Eilionoir Flynn, as well as the Director, Professor Gerard Quinn. Colleagues in the school of law include Dr Charles O'Mahoney.
| I am providing ongoing assistance to Professor Bernadette McSherry (University of Melbourne), Professor Carol Harvey (University of Melbourne), Ms Cath Roper (University of Melbourne) and Dr Lisa Brophy (University of Melbourne) on a project that examines the reduction and elimination of seclusion and restraint in Australia mental health settings. I am also working with Doctor Penelope Weller on legal capacity research (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), particularly related to supported decision-making.