Professor, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Ben Mathews is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and is Principal Research Fellow in the QUT Faculty of Law. Dr Mathews 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, with a focus on multidisciplinary research at the interface of child maltreatment and law. His key field of research expertise is in the prevention, detection, and response to child abuse and neglect by legal and social systems. His body of research includes legal analysis; conceptual analysis; ethical analysis; legal analysis informed by social science; systematic reviews (using PRISMA and Cochrane); analysis of government datasets; time trend analysis of the impact of law in lived experience; longitudinal studies of reporting of child abuse and the outcomes of these reports; comparative analysis of different legal systems; randomised controlled trials of educational interventions (using CONSORT); regulatory and policy analysis; and the study of law and policy as an agent of change. Both as a sole investigator and as a leader of large teams, Ben has conducted numerous transdisciplinary research projects for end-users from government and industry. His research findings are heavily cited and have influenced major reform of legislation, policy and practice in multiple jurisdictions, especially concerning the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect, and civil statutes of limitation for child abuse claims. As a result of this research impact, Dr Mathews was jointly awarded the QUT Award for Excellence in High-Impact Research in 2015. His research expertise in law and child abuse has resulted in appointments as Adjunct Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; Professorial Fellow to the Australian Government Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; Member of the World Health Organization Guideline Development Group (Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Injury and Violence Prevention) to produce Guidelines for the health sector response to child maltreatment; Member of the World Health Organization Guideline Development Group (Department of Reproductive Health) to produce Guidelines for the health sector response to children who have experienced sexual abuse; and member of the editorial board of the leading international journal Child Abuse and Neglect. He has provided technical advice to governments in multiple jurisdictions in Australia, and to members of the UK House of Lords.


  • 2015–present
    professor, QUT


  • 2002 
    QUT, PhD
  • 1996 
    QUT, BA (Hons)
  • 1995 
    James Cook University, LLB

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Community Child Health (111704)