Journal article

Implementing a Participatory Human Rights-Based Research Methodology: The Unfitness to Plead Project

Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Piers Gooding, Sarah Mercer, Marlena Raymond, Bernadette McSherry

Journal of Human Rights Practice | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2019


This article describes a novel action-research methodology that combines aspects of participatory methods and emancipatory principles into a human rights-based framework. The history of these different methods is discussed and the authors then explain how the methods can be combined to create a participatory human rights-based research methodology. This new methodology has the potential for high social impact, community inclusion, and scholarly output. The article also describes the implementation of the methodology on a project which analysed the human rights compliance of unfitness to plead laws in the Australian criminal justice system. This project developed a system of support persons wi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This article is part of a project funded by a National Disability Research and Development Grant administered by the New South Wales Family and Community Services Research and Data Working Group.