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Dr Neera Bhatia



Senior Lecturer (Tort Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2015
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2014
Master of Law, University of Wolverhampton, 2003
Bachelor of Law(s), University of Wolverhampton, 2001


Dr Neera Bhatia is a Senior Lecturer in Deakin Law School. Neera has previously held the role of Director of Research in Deakin Law School, in addition to the convenor of the Law School research seminar program. She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law (with distinction) 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 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, euthanasia and more recently in the area of cryonics.

Neera actively engages with the wider community on issues that are important and topical in health law. She regularly appears in the media as an expert commentator on her research areas.

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Research interests

  • End of Life Decision Making Concerning Infants and Children
  • Health Care Rationing
  • Health Law
  • Bioethics
  • Euthanasia (Voluntary Assisted Dying)
  • Organ Donation


  • Member, Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare.
  • Member, Centre for Employee and Consumer Wellbeing.
  • Member, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.
  • Member, Deakin Science and Society Network.
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars.
  • Clinical Ethics Commitee Member, Monash Health.
  • Clinical Ethics Committee Member, Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care.

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.


Can supervise Masters and PhD Students


  • 'Student and Early Career Researcher Workshop: Navigating the interdisciplinary landscape', Panellist, Australasian Association on Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) Conference, Australia, 23-25 September 2018. 
  • '#Uncharted Territory: The new era of social media and its impact on the end of life decision-making for critically ill infants', 10th National Paediatric Bioethics ConferenceRoyal Children's Hospital, Australia, 5 September 2018.
  • 'Charlie Gard: How the 'court of public opinion' may influence future end of life decision making', International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation (ICCEC), Oxford University, United Kingdom, 21 June 2018.
  • 'Property rights over cadaveric organs and tissues in an 'opt out' system of organ donation in Australia and New Zealand: How important are the next of kin?', International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation (ICCEC), Oxford University, United Kingdom, 22 June 2018.
  • 'Cryonics: Our frozen future or this century’s snake oil?', Invited Speaker, Sydney Health Ethics Centre, University of Sydney, Australia, 29 March 2018.
  • 'Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation: An open dialogue about its function, impact and implementation', Invited Speaker, Australia, 13 December 2017. 
  • 'Solving the organ crisis ethically', Invited Speaker, Melbourne University Public Lecture, Australia, 25 August 2015.
  • 'Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions', Australian Lawyers Alliance - Medical Law Conference, Invited Speaker, Australia, 31 July 2015.
  • 'Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death: Time for a change in the law', Grand Round Seminar, Royal Children's Hospital, Invited Speaker, Australia,  24 June 2015.
  • 'Cutting the Cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature neonates?', Law and Society Association Conference, USA, 29 May 2014.
  • 'Futility, Babies and the 21st Century', Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law, Australia, 11 July 2011.

Media appearances

  • 'Diversity still so far away, right across the board', Chris Merritt,
    'Opt Out’ Organ Donation Systems and Property Rights', National Radio News with Katreena Shelley, Australia, 26 January 2018.
  • 'Organ donations should be decided by next of kin: Deakin University expert', Geelong Advertiser, Australia, 25 January 2018.
  • 'The role of the next-of-kin’ in organ donation and ‘Opt Out’  Systems', Radio Live News with John-Michael Swannix, New Zealand, 24 January 2018.
  • Commentary, Three ways the Charlie Gard case could affect future end-of-life cases globally, The Conversation, 25 July 2017.
  • 'The case of Charlie Gard, Interview with Neera Bhatia', ABC News at Noon with Ros Childs, Australia, 25 July 2017.
  • 'Cryonics, Interview with Dr Neera Bhatia and Marta Sandberg', ABC Lateline with David Lipson, Australia, 14 February 2017.
  • Legal Affairs, The Australian, Australia, 27 October 2017.
  • 'The tragic case of Charlie Gard', Interview with Neera Bhatia, ABC South East Breakfast with Simon Lauder, Australia, 28 July 2017.
  • 'The Charlie Gard Case and the impact of social media', Interview with Neera Bhatia, ABC News Radio with Cathy Bell, Australia, 25 July 2017.
  • Bhatia, N. and Savulescu, J., 'Cryonics: Are freezing bodies all hype, hope, or is it just logistical and ethical hell?', ABC News: Opinion, Australia, 24 November 2016.
  • 'The Ethics of Cryonics', ABC Perth Breakfast Radio with Peter Bell, Australia, 24 November 2016.
  • 'Life and Death Decisions for Micro-Prems', Think: Health, Radio 2SER, Australia, 8 February 2016.
  • Commentary, Withdrawing treatment from premature babies – when doctors and parents disagree, The Conversation, 6 February 2016.
  • Commentary with Julian Savulescu, 'Cryonics: Hope, Hype or Hell?', The Conversation, 23 November 2016.
  • 'Debate over the definition of death, does the law need to change?’, Jill Margo, The Australian Financial Review, 27 Oct 2015.
  • ‘New forms of heart transplant illegal, journal article warns’, Craig Butt, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Age, 21 September 2015
  • ‘Legal tweak could save lives’, Brad Crouch, Adelaide Advertiser, 21 September 2015.
  • ABC 774 DRive: Radio Interview with Raphael Epstein, 21 September 2015.
  • 'Change to law needed to ease heart transplant shortfall', Radio National News, 21 September 2015.
  • Discussion about the legal pitfalls of heart transplantation after circulatory death and the risks for doctors, Medical Journal of Australia Podcast: Episode 28, 21 September 2015.
  • 'Premature babies at the edge of viability', The Wire Community Radio, 8 July 2015.
  • 'Should we save extremely premature babies?', ABC Regional Radio, 16 June 2015.
  • 'The Ethics of saving premature babies', RN: DRIVE, ABC National Radio, 16 June 2015.
  • Geelong academic questions cost of saving some babies, Geelong Independent, 16 June 2015.


Filter by


A human rights-based approach to compulsory treatment of young people experiencing mental disorder

J Kotzmann, N Bhatia, M McMahon

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 20-43, Australian journal of human rights, Abingdon, Eng., C1


When is it in a child's best interests to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment? An evolving Australian jurisprudence

L Willmott, B White, N Bhatia

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 944-972, Journal of law and medicine, New York, N.Y., C1


End of life decision-making for (extremely) premature or critically impaired infants

N Bhatia

(2017), pp. 249-263, Tensions and traumas in health law, Sydney, N.S.W., B1


The development of property rights over cadaveric tissues and organs: legal obstructions to the procurement of organs in an "opt-out" system of organ donation in Australia and New Zealand

N Bhatia, J Tibballs

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 946-974, New Zealand Universities law review, New York, N.Y., C1


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

N Bhatia, B White, L Deliens

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


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

N Bhatia, J Tibballs

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


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

N Bhatia

(2015), Abingdon, Eng., A1


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

J Tibballs, N 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?

N 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

N Bhatia, M Bagaric

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


Telesurgery and the law

N Bhatia

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


Telemedicine and the law

N Bhatia

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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Disagreements in the care of critically ill children: Challenges for policy in changing social and medical contexts.

Dr Neera Bhatia

  • 2018: $4,555


No completed student supervisions to report