Titti MattssonProfessor

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UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Law



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 interests are Social Welfare law, Medical Law, Child law, Elder Law, Family Law and Data Protection Law. Mattsson's research is cross-disciplinary and is often performed within different national or international research groups. The connecting theme of her research is the governance of welfare state issues from national as well as transnational perspectives.

Currently, Mattsson is engaged in several interdiciplinary projects. One project is in elder law and investigates privacy and integrity issues in the ehealth development in healthcare from a national as well as an international conext. A part of this project is to study the implications of the use of apps by persons with cognitive impairments. Another part is co-editng a book in Swedish on Elder Law. A project in child law deals with the implications of the Child Convention becoming Swedish law for children in social welfare and healthcare systems, and the relation between children´s rights versus the demand for evidence based care.

She has done extensive research on child and youth care law since the 1990's. 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 been part of several EU research groups around the issues of discrimination of patients in the European health care systems as well as cross-boarder care. One of her latest projects, Research on decisionally incapacitated individuals – a legal study of the Act concerning the Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans, and its application has been 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 has been funded from 2013-2016 by the Swedish Research Council.

One area of interest is the data protection developments in the social and health services and how the requirements of legal certainty and privacy for individuals can be maintained. For example, she is interested in questions related to the e-government developmnent for the distribution of public services and of the e-health development.

Mattsson is involved in several international research groups. She has participated in a research program in Elder Law since 2013. Her project within that program, "Active Ageing for all?", examined older people's legal position in the health care and social services. The research program was part of Norma research programme. From 2017 and onwards, Mattsson is the coordinator for the Elder Law Program at the faculty.

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 teaches in public law, social welfare law and family law at advanced level at the Law School. She have been a guest teacher at several American law schools, such as Emory Law School and Suffolk Law School, for several years. Currently, she is guest professor at Linnaeus University (25%) to lead a reserach  group in child and family research.

Mattsson is supervisor for three doctoral students in law (public law, criminal law and social welfare law) and one doctoral student in social work.


Mattsson's research is closely linked to her expert assignments. She is an expert of the Ombudsman for Children and member several ethical boards. These duties involve active participation in matters relating to vulnerable individuals' rights and bioethical issues relevant to the law both nationally and internationally. She is also member of the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social sciences as well as Chair for the Sceintific Panel of Philosphy and Law of the Swedish Research Council since 2016. Other examples of expert assignments are the role as Chair for NOP-HS for Nordic Scientific Journals and member of the Advisory Board of the European Health Law Association. Since several years, Mattsson is writing legal commentaries in social welfare law and family law. Furthermore, she is regularly engaged in the public debate with current legal issues in media and by holding public lectures in different fields of her expertise.

Recent research outputs

Titti Mattsson 2018 Feb Blendow Lexnova

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article

Titti Mattsson 2018 Socialrätt under omvandling: om solidaritetens och välfärdsstatens gränser. Erhag, T., Leviner, P. & Lind, A-S. (eds.). Liber, p. 132-152 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Titti Mattsson (ed.) & Ann Numhauser-Henning (ed.) 2017 Stockholm: Wolters Kluwer.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology (editor)

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