Margaret Otlowski

Professor, Faculty of Law and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Culture and Wellbeing, University of Tasmania

Margaret graduated in 1985 with First Class Honours in Law. After completing the Legal Practice Course, she did her articles with Page Seager solicitors in Hobart and was admitted to practice as Barrister and Solicitor in 1986. In 1987 she was appointed to a lectureship at UTAS in 1987 culminating in her appointment to a Personal Chair in 2003 and was Dean of the Law Faculty from 2010-2017. In August 2017 she was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor, Culture and Wellbeing.
Most of Margaret’s research has been in the health law area. In 1992, she completed a PhD which was published in the UK by Oxford University Press (Voluntary Euthanasia and the Common Law). Her principal areas of expertise are in relation to end-of-life issues and aspects of law and genetics, especially genetic discrimination, privacy and regulatory issues. As part of the team at the Faculty’s Centre for Law and Genetics, she has been involved in various research projects funded by the Australian Research Council including a biobanking project and the Centre’s current personalised medicine project. She has also provided advice on health law issues and been engaged as consultant by state and national bodies.
Margaret has maintained strong links with practice through quasi-judicial tribunal work and is currently member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal. She serves on various state and national boards and committees including as member of two of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s principal committees; the Australian Health Ethics Committee and the Human Genetics Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and Patron for Tasmanian Women Lawyers.


  • 2003–present
    Professor of Law, University of Tasmania