Ben Mathews, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.


He has published 15 government reports, 65 refereed scholarly articles and book chapters, and over 20 law reform submissions on issues concerning children and the law. His research focuses on multidisciplinary and empirical research at the interface of law and child maltreatment. His key field of research expertise is in the prevention, detection, and response to child abuse and neglect by legal and social systems, within a framework of law, public health and children’s rights. Two further specific interests include research on mandatory reporting laws, and the problem of child sexual abuse. His body of research is centered on analysis of the impact of law, policy, education and skill development in lived experience, and the study of law and policy as an agent of change.


Informed by research findings, he has advised multiple governments on law reform, especially regarding mandatory reporting law and practice, and statutes of limitation for child abuse.


He is an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health; Professorial Fellow to the Australian Government Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; and Member of two World Health Organization Guideline Development Groups on child maltreatment.




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