Titti Mattsson


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Law



Titti Mattsson is Professor in Public Law, working as a researcher and teacher in public law, health law, and social welfare 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. She holds the title of Docent in social law as well as in social work. Her research generally focuses on rule-of-law and integrity issues related to individual's health and living conditions, especially with regard to the law of healthcare and social services.

Mattsson coordinates three research environments at the faculty. First, the Law and Vulnerabilities Group is coordinated with Associate professor Ulrika Andersson and is one of three International Vulnerability and Human Condition Centers, together with Emory University and Leeds University. Within this environment, Mattsson has researched on the health of migrating older people in a FRA (Fundamental Rights Agency) project as well as on digitalization in healthcare from a vulnerability perspective. 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, the anthology Fineman, Andersson, Mattsson (eds.) Privatization, Vulnerability and Social Responsibility (Routledge Press, 2017).

Mattsson is also coordinator for the Norma Elder Law Research Group at the Faculty. The Norma environment is Europe's leading research environment in its field, and includes many research projects  with an elder law perspective. From Mattsson's current publications on legal issues regarding elder health, two volumes in particular are worthy of mentioning in this context: Numhauser-Henning (ed.) Elder Law. Evolving European Perspectives (Edward Elgar Press, 2017) and Mattsson /Numhauser-Henning (eds.) Äldrerätt: Ett nytt rättsområde (English: Age Law - A New Legal Area) (Wolters Kluwer Publishing, 2017).

Within the field of eHealth, Mattsson participates in eHealth@lu (formerly a Pufendorf theme at the university) and in a collaborative initiative at Lund University known as "eHealth @ LU: Joining Forces for Sustainable eHealth Development". 

She is also the faculty’s chosen representative within CASE. CASE is a large interdisciplinary research environment at Lund University whose research centers around supporting environments for an aging population, where the interaction between environmental aspects and elderly people's activity, participation, mobility and health is the main focus. CASE consists of research groups from the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Engineering. Furthermore, Mattsson is actively involved in various collaborative projects in the field of eHealth and artificial intelligence in healthcare and social services both inside and outside of the university.

Another area that Mattsson has been engaged in for many years are the matters of research ethics. She previously conducted a VR research project on decision-making and ethics testing in close cooperation with researchers from the Department of Clinical Sciences and the Department of Medical Ethics. Her involvement in ethical mattars includes a number of various assignments, such as Vice Chairman of the Ethical Council of the Region of Skåne, Member of the Lund University Ethical Council, former Member and Chairman of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Committee on Bioethics, Member of the Regional Ethical Review Board in Lund, and as investigator in matters of research frauds at Swedish universities. This year, she participates in Nordic and European research collaborations on the topic of ethical review.

In addition to these fields, Mattsson has been involved in the field of child law for many years, and has for the last few years participated in several joint efforts on the matter of children's health, including - amongst other things - the health of institutionalized chlidren and children in families. She is also 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 recently 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). 

Mattsson is actively collaborating with various local governing bodies and county councils when it comes to discussing and debating the matter of children's rights. Together with the child expert Åsa Ekman, Mattsson is planning to produce a child rights book for practitioners.
Mattsson has all-in-all a broad mandate as a researcher in public law, many years of research experience and an established and wide ranging network - spanning various fields of research - combined with a large number of researchers and research groups at Lund University, nationally and internationally.

Mattsson is Sweden’s representative to the European Research Council EAHL (European Association of Health Law) as well as a member of its Advisory Board. She is also on the Board for the Department of Health and Healthcare Analysis. Further, she is member of the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council since 2015 and Sweden’s representative to the European University Institute (EUI) since 2017.



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, 2019, Vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet : Socialtjänst. Björne, P., Broström, L., Mattsson, T., Sahlin, N-E., Salonen, T. & Stenström, N. (eds.). Lund: Lunds universitet, VBE programmet, p. 23 10 p.

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

Titti Mattsson, 2019, Blendow Lexnova.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article

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