Titti Mattsson

Titti Mattsson

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Titti Mattsson is Professor of Public Law, specialising in Health Law, Social Welfare Law  (including child law and elder law) and Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law at Lund University. She was Pro Dean of Research at the same faculty during 2021-2023.

A theme of Matttsson's research is the governance of welfare state issues from national as well as transnational perspectives, with the outcome for the group and the individual as a particular focus and often with a human rights approach. Within this theme, her research addresses legal, social and ethical issues regarding various public-law activities, such as health and community care for children, disabled persons and the older persons' rights. She holds the title of Docent in Social Law as well as in Social work.

Mattsson has many years of extensive experience of interdisciplinary and comparative research collaborations with researchers in law, social work and medical ethics, nationally as well as internationally. Her publication list includes a large variety of monographs, anthologies, book chapters and articles in international and national journals. She is the editor of the European Journal of Health Law. Other ongoing research-related activities include being Board member of the Swedish Institutet of Human Rights, Board member of the Swedish National Agency for Health and Care Analysis and Board Member of the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics. She is also Vice Chair for the Region Skåne Ethical Board. She regularly participates as an expert at the National Board for Medical and Social Evaluation and as an evaluator of research projects / research environments in the Nordic countries and the EU. Her expertise in national research politics stems many years back. During the years 2013-2018, for example, she was a member of the Swedish Research Council's National Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, and a member of/chairman of the review panel for philosophy, law, ethics and criminology. Since then she has been involved also in Nordic and international settings.

In addition to her involvement in two large national/EU-funded interdisciplinary AI and medical law programs (AIR Lund and EUPHORIA), Mattsson is currently heading two ongoing interdisciplinary research projects (law/social work). In the project Children's Rights and Evidence-based Care. Possible Areas of Conflict witih Compulsory Care of Young Persons (2020-2023) the research group is interested in analysing how youth rights relates to the use of evidence-based methods in special youth homes. In addition to Mattsson, the research group consists of a professor and a lecturer in social work as well as two master students. The project Child Care Investigation in Private Government - Occurrence, Organization and Importance for Practice (2018-2022, Forte), the aim is to analyse how child welfare investigations are affected when they are performed by publicly employed social services and private consultants respectively. In this project Mattsson is heading the legal analysis of the project. In the interdisciplinary project Whose voice? Assistance management and dementia (2019-2021), financed by the Kamprad family research foundation she and her team analyzed social services' responsibility for the dementia's everyday life in relation to the individual's decision-making capacity. Around ten publications, including national and international articles and a monograph was produced.

Mattsson coordinates several research groups at the Faculty of Law.

Health Law Research Centre (http://www.jur.lu.se/#!healthlaw). In 2018, Mattsson established a research environment in Health Law at the Faculty of Law (funded by the Crafoord Foundation). Here, prominent and junior researchers in medical law, public law, social law, child rights law, elder law, disability law, human rights law and social work gather in close collaboration with researchers and practitioners in medicine, dentistry, life sciences and medical ethics. 

Law and Vulnerabilities Group (http://www.law.lu.se/#!lawandvulnerabilities) is coordinated with Ass. Prof. Ulrika Andersson and is one of three International Vulnerability and Human Condition Centers, together with Emory University and Leeds University. The research in the environment links social law and criminal law, and thus takes a comprehensive approach to issues that are common to public-law research. Mattsson and Andersson have arranged and participated in a large number of international workshops, publications and research exchanges related to health and vulnerability. For example, see the anthology Albertsson Fineman, Andersson, Mattsson (eds.) Privatization, Vulnerability and Social Responsibility (Routledge Press, 2017).


Due to er expertise in elder law and human rights, Mattsson is heading (in collaboration with Prof Issi Doron, Haifa University) to ELAN, the European Law and Ageing Research Network, which includes researchers from 14 European countries.

Mattsson is an established researcher in Europe, with various research projects and assignments during the years. Currently, Mattsson is Sweden’s representative to the EAHL (European Association of Health Law) as well as a member of its Advisory Board. She is Editor for the European Journal of Health Law. Further, she was during many years a Board Member at the High Council of the European University Institute (EUI). 


Mattsson teaches in public law, health law and elder 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. She currently runs the course Health Law.

Mattsson is currently supervisor for six doctoral projects in public law, migration law and social welfare law.



Mattsson's research is closely linked to her expert assignments. She regularly serves as an expert for Swedish and international authorities and organizations on different issues related to her expertise. During many years she represented Sweden at the European University Institute and is still active in the doctoral student recruitment.

Mattsson is the Editor for the European Journal of Health Law. Nationally, she serves as Vice Chairman of Region Skåne's Ethics Council, Board member of the Swedish Medical Ethics Council (Smer) and Board member of the Swedish National Agency for Health and Care Analysis (Myndigheten för Vård- och Omsorgsanalys). Her involvement in ethical matters includes a number of former assignments, such as Member and Chairman of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Committee on Bioethics and investigator in national matters of research frauds at Swedish universities. 

In Child Law, Mattsson has for the last few years participated in several joint government efforts on the matter of children's health, including - amongst other things - the health of institutionalized chlidren and children in families. She has also been involved in a government evaluation report on migrant children (SBU-report). As a part of her work with the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU), she for example participated in the SBU Evaluation Report 265/17 'Efforts for better mental and physical health for children in foster and institutional care. She is co-author to the research report 'Children in family homes. Proposals for actions that would make a difference to society's most vulnerable' (SNS publisher 2016). She is also actively collaborating with various local governing bodies and county councils when it comes to discussing and debating the matter of children's rights. 



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  • Social Sciences
  • Law


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