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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

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 (with distinction) 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, euthanasia and more recently in the area of cryonics.

Dr Bhatia 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. 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.


Charlie Gard: How the 'court of public opinion' may influence future end of life decision making: International Conference on Clinical Ethics & Consultation (ICCEC):21/06/2018:Oxford University, United Kingdom

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): 22/06/2018:Oxford University, United Kingdom

Invited Speaker: Cryonics: Our frozen future or this century’s snake oil?: Sydney Health Ethics Centre, University of Sydney: 29/03/2018: Sydney, Australia

Invited Speaker: Victoria's Voluntary Assited Dying Legislation: An open dialogue about its function, impact and implementation: Melbourne City Mission:13/12/2017: Melbourne, Australia

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, United Kingdom

Professional activities

1. Legal Representative, Clinical Ethics Committee, Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care

Media appearances


ABC News at noon: Ros Childs: 25 July 2017: The case of Charlie Gard, Interview with Neera Bhatia.

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


Radio Live News, Auckland NZ: with John-Michael Swannix: ‘The role of the next-of kin’ in organ donation and ‘Opt Out’  Systems: 24 Jan 2018.

Geelong Advertiser, Organ donations should be decided by next of kin: Deakin University expert’: 25 Jan 2018.

National Radio News, Australia: with Katreena Shelley: ‘Opt Out’ Organ Donation Systems and Property Rights: 26 Jan 2018.

Chris Merritt, Legal Affairs, The Australian, 'Diversity still so far away, right across the board': 27 Oct 2017.

ABC South East Breakfast: Simon Lauder: The tragic case of Charlie Gard: 28 July 2017: Interview with Neera Bhatia (live).

ABC News Radio: Cathy Bell: The Charlie Gard Case and the impact of social media:25 July 2017: Interview with Neera Bhatia.

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


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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

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