DR Piers Gooding

DR Piers Gooding


  • Academic, Law
  • Access to Justice (Criminal Justice, non-discrimination)
  • Disability Rights Law (disability, discrimination, CRPD)
  • Discrimination Law (non-discrimination, equality)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Law and Society (Sociolegal Studies)
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Law (civil commitment, involuntary treatment, coercion)
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Sociolegal Studies



  • Dr Piers Gooding is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Melbourne Law School, at the University of Melbourne. His work focuses on disability law, policy and practice. He is the author of A New Era for Mental Health Law and Policy: Supported Decision-Making and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017) with Cambridge University Press, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Mental Health and Capacity Law. Dr Gooding has worked with a range of international organisations and agencies, including the UN Special Rapporteur for the Rights of People with Disabilities, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, the World Health Organisation, and he serves as a consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of the Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, Dr Gooding was a research fellow at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) at the National University of Ireland, Galway between 2014-15. During his time at the CDLP he worked on European Commission-funded projects on legal capacity law and policy reform in the Europe Union, the Western Balkans and Turkey. He has a background in law and humanities, with degrees from the University of Melbourne and Monash University. In 2010, Dr Gooding received a Menzies Australian Bicentennial Fellowship to serve as a visiting fellow at Kings College London.   


Member of

  • Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Member 2012 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • BA (Hon) (Melb), University of Melbourne
  • PhD (Law) (Mon), Monash University
  • PhD (Monash) (law), Monash University 2015

Awards and honors

  • Brocher Fondation - Visiting Fellowship, Geneva, 2018
  • Vice-Chancellor’s commendation for thesis excellence, Faculty of Law recipient, Monash University, 2015
  • Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London, 2012
  • Greek/Australian Legal & Medical Conference, The Dontas Family Travelling Fellowship, 2011
  • Australian Postgraduate Award - PhD scholarship, Monash University, 2010
  • Australian Postgraduate Award - PhD scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2008