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Associate Professor in Law, Deakin University

Dr Neera Bhatia is an Associate Professor. She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law (from the UK) and a Doctorate in Law from Deakin University.

Neera is the author of 'Critically impaired infants and end of life decision making: Resource allocation and difficult decisions', published by Routledge Cavendish (UK). Her research interests are in end-of-life decision-making for critically ill infants and children, organ donation, voluntary assisted dying, definition and determination of death, emerging health and reproductive technologies - and more broadly contemporary issues in health law. She has published in national and international journals on a wide range of health law issues. Neera actively engages with the wider community as an expert commentator in the media on topical issues in health law.

She teaches Health Law in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.She is currently the Chair of the Faculty Human Research Ethics Committee and Deputy Chair of the University Human Research Ethics Committee. She has previously sat on several clinical ethics committees.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Deakin, Law School
  • 2016–2018
    Senior lecturer, Deakin, Law School
  • 2016–2017
    Director of Research , Deakin, Law School
  • 2012–2015
    Lecturer, Deakin, Law School


  • 2015 
    Deakin University, Grad Cert Higher Education
  • 2014 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2003 
    Wolverhampton University, LLM
  • 2001 
    Wolverhampton University, LLB (Hons)

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Assocation of Bioethics and Health Law
  • Society of Legal Scholars

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)