Lawyer, social worker, lecturer in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University
Holly has worked as a lawyer and social worker in the field of children's rights for over fifteen years and is a lecturer with the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Holly also operates an independent children’s rights consulting practice offering training, research, legislative drafting and policy development advice regarding children's rights matters nationally and internationally.
Through her role as a consultant she has led numerous research projects and authored a range of reports concerning children's rights including on matters relating to the commercial sexual exploitation of children, children engaged in armed conflict and child rights based approaches to research and development work. Her professional experience includes working as a specialist legal advisor with UNICEF Pacific based in Fiji working across 14 Pacific Island countries; as a Children's Rights Specialist with Save the Children across the Asia-Pacific region; and as a senior manager for child protection with the NSW Government.
Holly’s 2016 PhD, from Macquarie University Law School, examines the operation of article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to Aboriginal children and young people’s participation in law and policy development. In addition to her PhD she holds an honours degree in Law from the University of Technology, Sydney and an honours degree in Social Work from the University of Sydney. Holly was admitted as a solicitor to the NSW Supreme Court in 2004. Holly teaches Introduction to Indigenous Australia (ABST100); and has also taught Constitutional Law; International Human Rights Law; and Law, Human Rights and Global Governance with the Macquarie University Law School.
Dr Holly Doel-Mackaway’s PhD, titled ‘Just Ask Us. Come and See Us’, examines Aboriginal children and young people’s participation in law and policy development.