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About Titti Mattsson

Titti Mattsson is Professor in Public Law, working as a researcher and teacher in public law, social welfare law, and family law at the Faculty of Law at Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests are Social Welfare law, Medical Law, Child law, Elder Law and Data Protection Law. Mattsson's research is cross-disciplinary and is often performed within different national or international research groups. She have done extensive research on child and youth care law. Within this framework, she has examined the legal proceedings before the decision on compulsory treatment of children and young people, children and young people's legal status in the family and in institutions and legal prerequisites and consequences of decisions on foster placements, child custody and adoptions. Another research project has centered on the criminal and social justice system of young people who commit gang-related crimes.
She also does research in medical law. She has recently been part of an EU research group around the issue of discrimination of patients in the European health care systems. One of her current projects, Research on decisionally incapacitated individuals – a legal study of the Act concerning the Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans, and its application is a multidisciplinary research project conducted at Lund University in close collaboration between researchers from the Department of Law and the Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Medical Ethics. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
Ome area of interest is the data protection developments in the social and health services and how the requirements of legal certainty for individuals can be maintained. For example, she is interested in questions related to the e-government developmnent for the distribution of public services.
Currently, Mattsson participates in a research program in Elder Law. Her project within that program, "Active Ageing for all?", examines older people's legal position in the health care and social services. The research program is part of Norma research programme that started in 1996. Norma is short for 'Normative Development withing the Social Dimension, Studies of Normative Patterns and Their Development in the Legal Regulation of Family, Employment and Social Security from a European Integration Perspective'. The theory of law as normative patterns in a normative field is based on the thesis that different basic normative patterns can be distinguished in the multitude of legal norms.
Along with Ass. Prof. Ulrika Andersson, Mattsson has initiated and operates the interdisciplinary research environment Law and Vulnerability, in close collaboration with professor Martha Fineman at Emory Law School, Atlanta. The programme’s objective is to promote and develop the jurisprudence and the cross-disciplinary research in the field connected to law and vulnerabilities as well as to foster the interchange between jurisprudence and the practice of law. The Emory Law School research programme Vulnerability and the Human Condition has inspired the thoughts behind the research in Law and Vulnerabilities. The programme at Emory and the research milieu in Lund now has a mutual collaboration with, among others, common workshops, publications and research visits at both universities.
Mattsson's research is closely linked to her expert assignments. She is an expert of the Ombudsman for Children and member (former Chair) of the Nordic Committee on Bioethics. These duties involve active participation in matters relating to vulnerable individuals' rights and bioethical issues relevant to the law both nationally and internationally.
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