Postdoctoral Research Fellow
(Unfitness to Plead Project)
Doctor Gooding has a research background in law, history and political sciences. His research interests include disability justice in the broad sense of economic, social and political equality for people with disabilities. His research focuses specifically on mental health law, supported decision-making and access to justice for people with intellectual disabilities, with a special focus on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Piers joined the Melbourne Social Equity Institute ("MSEI") in September 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The postdoctoral research centres on providing support to people with intellectual disabilities in the criminal justice system, particularly in the context of unfitness to plead rules in three jurisdictions, Victoria, the Northern Territory and New South Wales. The project will have a specific focus on creating support resources for Indigenous people.
Prior to joining the MSEI, Dr Gooding was a research associate at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He undertook research on two European Commission research projects focusing on legal capacity law reform across Europe: the Access to Justice for People with Intellectual Disabilities Project , and the EU PERSON project . Dr Gooding also worked in Ireland developing law reform materials for the overhaul of Irish legal capacity and substituted decision-making law. He also assisted the CDLP in its support to the Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in preparing the Final Draft of the Committee’s General Comment 1 on Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Doctor Gooding completed his PhD candidature at the Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health, Monash University, School of Law. During his PhD candidature Piers held a research visiting fellowship at Kings College London, School of Law, through a Menzies Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, and received a number of other awards. His PhD research focused on mental health law and its compatibility with the UN CRPD, a focus which expanded to the reform of law and policy related to legal capacity for people with disabilities.Doctor Gooding has conducted inter-disciplinary research work with 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, such as Scope, Valid and the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network. Doctor Gooding is a co-editor of the International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law, and a Steering Committee member of the European Research Commission initiative, Voices of Individuals: Collectively Exploring Self-Determination (http://ercvoices.com/), investigated by researchers at the CDLP.