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Dr Neera Bhatia



Senior Lecturer (Tort Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography summary

Dr Neera Bhatia is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Deakin University. She has previously held the role of  Director of Research in the Deakin Law School, in addition to convenor of the Law School research seminar program. She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law (UK) and a Doctorate in Law from Deakin University.

She 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 the area of health law, more specifically, end of life decision making, bio-ethics and global health issues concerning infants and children. She also researches in the area of organ donation and euthanasia. 

Dr Bhatia actively engages with the wider community on issues that are important and topical to issues in health law. She regularly appears in the media as an expert commentator on her research areas. She is affiliated with research centres focusing on health law, bioethics, consumer wellbeing and person centred healthcare.

Research interests

End of Life Decision Making Concerning Infants and Children

Health Care Rationing

Health Law



Organ Donation


1. Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare.

2. Centre for Employee and Consumer Wellbeing.

3. Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

4. Society of Legal Scholars.

Teaching interests

Tort Law

Misleading and Deceptive Conduct

Units taught

MLJ704: Torts and Policy

MLJ706: Law And Policy Of Misleading Conduct And Product Liability

MLL213: Tort Law

MLL217: Misleading and Economic Torts

Knowledge areas

Tort Law (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts (Undergraduate and Postgraduate)

Health Law and Bioethics


Invited Speaker: Eastern Health: TBC

Invited Speaker along with Professor Peter Singer AC and Professor Julian Savulescu: Solving the organ crisis ethically: Melbourne University Public Lecture: 25/08/2015: Melbourne, Australia 

Invited Speaker: Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions: Australian Lawyers Alliance - Medical Law Conference: 31/07/2015: Sydney, Australia

Invited Speaker: Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death: Time for a change in the law: Grand Round Seminar: Royal Children's Hospital: 24/06/2015: Melbourne, Australia

Cutting the Cord: Can society over - invest in extremely premature neonates? : Law and Society Association Conference: 29/05/2014:  Minneapolis, United States of America

Futility, Babies and the 21st Century : Australasian Association of Bio-ethics and Health Law : 11/07/2011: Gold Coast, Australia

The Illegal Human Organ Trade: NALSAR : 25/02/2009 : Hyderabad, India

Tele-Medicine, Tele-Surgery and the Law : Society of Legal Scholars : 15/09/2008 : London, U.K

Media appearances


ABC Lateline with David Lipson: 14 February 2017: Cryonics, Interview with Dr Neera Bhatia and Marta Sandberg:

Radio and other Media

Bill Madden Word Press: 27 November 2016: Following on from the decision previously noted of Re JS, Neera Bhatia & Julian Savulescu have written a thoughtful piece in The Conversation on cryonics, ethics and regulatory issues.

ABC News: Opinion: Cryonics: Is freezing bodies all hype, hope, or is it just logistical and ethical hell? By Neera Bhatia and Julian Savulescu: 24 November 2016:

ABC Perth Breakfast Radio with Peter Bell: 24 November 2016: The Ethics of Cryonics: 

Think: Health: Radio 2ser: 8 Feb 2016: Life and Death Decisions for Micro-Prems.

Jill Margo, 'Debate over the definition of death, does the law need to change?’ The Australian Financial Review, 27 Oct 2015.

Craig Butt, ‘New forms of heart transplant illegal, journal article warns’ The Age, 21 Sept 2015.  (Also in: Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times).

Brad Crouch, ‘Legal tweak could save lives’ Adelaide Advertiser, 21 Sept 2015.

ABC 774 DRive: Radio Interview: 21 Sept 2015: With Raphael Epstein.

Radio National News: 21 Sept 2015: Change to law needed to ease heart transplant shortfall.

Medical Journal of Australia Podcast: Episode 28: 21 Sept 2015 - Discussion about the legal pitfalls of heart transplantation after circulatory death and the risks for doctors:

The Wire Community Radio: 8 July 2015: Premature babies at the edge of viability.

ABC Regional Radio: 16 June 2015: Should we save extremely preamture babies?

ABC National Radio - RN:DRIVE: 16 June 2015: The Ethics of saving premature babies.

Geelong academic questions cost of saving some babies, Geelong Independent, 16 June 2015.


Neera Bhatia (with Julian Savulescu), 23 November 2016: Cryonics: Hope, Hype or Hell?, The Conversation:

Neera Bhatia, 6 February 2016: Withdrawing treatment from premature babies – when doctors and parents disagree, The Conversation:


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How should Australia respond to media- publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?

Dr Neera Bhatia, Ben White, Luc Deliens

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 835-848, Journal of law and medicine, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Critically impaired infants and end of life decision making : resource allocation and difficult decisions

Dr Neera Bhatia

(2015), Abingdon, Eng., A1


Deficiencies and missed opportunities to formulate clinical guidelines in Australia for withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in severely disabled and impaired infants

Dr Neera Bhatia, James Tibballs

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 449-459, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Berlin, Germany, C1


Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death of the donor: time for a change in law?

James Tibballs, Dr Neera Bhatia

(2015), Vol. 203, pp. 268-271, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


Cutting the cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature and critically impaired neonates?

Dr Neera Bhatia

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 443-456, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1


Best interests of neonates : time for a fundamental re-think

Dr Neera Bhatia, Prof Mirko Bagaric

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 852-865, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1


Legal clarification of loss of chance of a better outcome in Australia

Dr Neera Bhatia, J M Tibballs

(2012), Vol. 196, pp. 167-168, Medical journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., C1


Telesurgery and the law

Dr Neera Bhatia

(2008), pp. 171-177, Telesurgery, Berlin, Germany, B1-1


Telemedicine and the law

Dr Neera Bhatia

(2006), pp. 61-64, Teleophthalmology, Berlin , Germany, B1-1



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