Piers Gooding is a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Melbourne Law School, and is currently an Open Science Fellow at the Mozilla Foundation. His work focuses on the law and politics of disability and mental health, with a special interest in issues of legal capacity, decision-making, technology, and human rights.
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 he is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Mental Health and Capacity Law.
Piers has a background in humanities and law, and holds a PhD in Law from Monash University. He has previously held a postdoctoral position at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2014-15 where he worked on legal capacity law and policy reform in the EU, the Western Balkans and Turkey. He has advised and collaborated 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, the World Psychiatric Association, and has consulted for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of the Asia Pacific, and the Committee on Bio-ethics at the Council of Europe. Piers received several prizes and fellowships including an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award, a Brocher research residency award, a Menzies Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, and a Monash Vice Chancellor's Thesis Commendation.
Piers has published in the International Journal of Law in Context, Human Rights Law Review, New Criminal Law Review, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, World Psychiatry, Psychiatric, Psychology and Law, Melbourne University Law Review and more. He has written for several media outlets, including Slate, The Irish Times, The Conversation, and The Big Issue, and appeared on television, radio and in print media at
The Guardian, MIT Tech Review, ABC Radio National, The Age, National Indigenous Television, SBS, and more.