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Dean and Professor, Law School, La Trobe University

Professor Kelly is the Dean of La Trobe University Law School. She holds a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia. Professor Kelly's research interests are primarily in the areas of Family Law and Health Law, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of assisted reproduction and donor linking. She has published extensively in Australian and international journals on a variety of topics, including the legal regulation of parentage in the context of assisted reproduction, the judicial and legislative treatment of lesbian and single mother by choice families, and the legal treatment of transgender youth seeking medical treatment. Professor Kelly is the lead CI on an ARC Discovery Project grant, "Families of Strangers? The socio-legal implications of donor linking”, which explores the impact of donor linking – the process whereby donor-conceived people, donors and recipient parents access each other’s identity – on individual and familial identities and relationships. Professor Kelly is on the Board of the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority (VARTA).


  • 2019–present
    Dean, La Trobe University Law School
  • 2017–2019
    Professor, La Trobe University Law School


  • 2007 
    University of British Columbia, PhD