A/Prof. Sonia Allan



Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2010


Sonia Allan is an Associate Professor (Health Law) and holds an LLB (Hons), BA(Psych)(Hons), MPH (Merit), LLM (Global Health Law) (Dist), and Ph.D. in law. She was a 2011 Global Health Law Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, where in 2012 she also won the Cali Award for Health and Human Rights. She is also a Churchill Fellow. Her work examines the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by certain health matters, the regulation of emerging and existing health technologies, and public and global health law.  

Sonia has participated in numerous federal and state government inquiries on health law related matters and has been influential in law reform. She has developed models for responsive regulation and effective health governance, policy and legislative solutions. From 2015-2017 she led the review of the South Australian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act having been directly appointed by the Minister for Health. She has also held senior roles in academia including as Head of Department of Health Systems and Populations and Deputy Chair of a large Human Research Ethics Committee (Clinical Medicine) at Macquarie University. She regularly consults with the private and public sector on health law and regulatory matters.

Sonia's work has been published nationally and internationally, with books including The Patient and Practitioner: Health Law and Ethics in Australia (Lexis Nexis, 2014), and Donor Conception and the Search for Information: From Secrecy and Anonymity to Openness (Routledge, 2017). Her experience and expertise span the regulation of assisted reproduction, donor conception, gene technologies, research and experimentation on human embryos, children's health and well being, access to health care and medicines, and using the law as a tool to prevent and/or respond to public and global health concerns.

Sonia is also the creator of Health Law Central a community information website on health law.

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  • Australasian Bioethics and Health Law Association
  • Australian Human Rights Lawyers
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology Working Group (United States)
  • Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (Individual membership)
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Public Health Law Network (United States)
  • International Federation Fertility Society, Surveillance Committee 

Knowledge areas

  • Health and medical law
  • Regulation of assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and donor conception
  • Regulation of existing and emerging health and bio- technologies
  • Public and global health law
  • Access to health care and medicines
  • Health and human rights
  • Child and maternal health law

Media appearances

A/Prof Allan has been interviewed by, or written articles for the media on issues related to the regulation of assisted reproduction; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; gender selection; regulation of the IVF industry; donor conception and information release; surrogacy; genetic implications of donor conception; global health; and medical law. She has appeared in articles, radio and television programmes published by: ABC News; ABC Life Matters; ABC 7.30 Report; ABC The World Today; ABC Fact File; 666 ABC Canberra; ABC Online; Australian Story; BBC World Service; The Project (Channel 10); SBS Online; SBS News; SBS Insight; Sydney Morning Herald; The Australian; The Age; The Leader; The Conversation; The Advertiser; 6 Minutes (Medical News).


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Donor conception and the search for information: from secrecy and anonymity to openness

S Allan

(2017), Abingdon, Eng., A1-1


Public health law and public health policy

S Allan

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 200-209, International encyclopedia of public health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1-1


Governing transnational surrogacy practices: what role can national and international regulation play?

S Allan

(2017), pp. 344-375, Babies for sale? Transnational surrogacy, human rights, and the politics of reproduction, London, Eng., B1-1


Assisted reproduction: emerging technologies ethics, regulation and practice

S Allan

(2017), pp. 298-317, Tensions and trauma in health law, Sydney, N.S.W., B1


Public health law

S Allan

(2017), pp. 167-187, Tensions and traumas in health care law, Sydney, N.S.W., B1


Donor identification: Victorian legislation gives rights to all donor-conceived people

S Allan

(2016), Vol. 98, pp. 43-55, Family matters, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


The surrogate in commercial surrogacy: legal and ethical consideration

S Allan

(2015), pp. 111-143, Surrogacy, human rights and the law, Surrey, Eng., B1-1


Report on Macquarie University workshop on ethical, legal and social issues raised by synthetic biology (10 December 2014)

S Allan

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 5-26, Macquarie Law Journal, Australia, C1-1


The patient and the practitioner: health law and ethics in Australia

M Blake, S Allan

(2014), Chatswood, N.S.W., A1-1


Access to information about donors by donor-conceieved individuals : a human rights analysis

S Allan

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 655-670, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N. S. W., C1


Screening applicants for assisted reproduction : complexities and issues

S Allan

(2013), pp. 257-276, Ethics, law and society, Farnham, England, B1


Building a family tree: donor-conceived people, DNA tracing and donor nnonymity

A Damian, S Allan

(2013), Vol. 7, pp. 1-16, Australian Journal of Adoption, Australia, C1


Gate-keeping parenthood: the law and access to assisted reproductive treatment

S Allan, S Allan

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 149-163, Family Law Review, United States, C1


Donor identification 'kills gamete donation'? A response

S Allan

(2012), Vol. 27, pp. 3380-3384, Human reproduction, Oxford, England, C1


Donor conception, secrecy, and the search for information

S Allan

(2012), Vol. 19, pp. 631-650, Journal of Law and Medicine, Australia, C1-1


Psycho-social, ethical and legal arguments for and against the retrospective release of information about donors to donor-conceived individuals in Australia

S Allan

(2011), Vol. 19, pp. 354-376, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1-1


Fundamental elements in examining a child's right to education : a study of home education research and regulation in Australia

G Jackson, S Allan

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 349-364, International electronic journal of elementary education, Kutahya, Turkey, C1-1


The whats, whys and wherefores of home education and its regulation in Australia

S Allan, G Jackson

(2010), Vol. 15, pp. 55-77, International journal of law and education, Newcastle, N.S.W., C1-1


Recognition of same-sex parenting in Australia : South Australia, the final frontier?

S Allan

(2010), Vol. 35, pp. 227-231, Alternative law journal, Clayton, Vic., C1-1


Regulatory design strategies and enforcement approaches for research involving human embryos and cloning in Australia and the United Kingdom - time for a change.

S Allan

(2010), Vol. 32, pp. 618-644, Sydney law review, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1-1


Clinical, ethical and legal considerations in the treatment of newborns with non-ketotic hyperglycinaemia

A Boneh, S Allan, D Mendelson, M Spriggs, L Gillam, S Korman

(2008), Vol. 94, pp. 143-147, Molecular genetics and metabolism, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


From social issues to state regulation : an historical overview of Australian and New Zealand responses to assisted reproduction

S Magri

(2005), pp. 1-1, ABDS : Annual Scientific Meeting of Australian Birth Defects Society. Update on drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Symposium on embryo, fetus and newborn: from experiment to clinical practice and prevention in the Antipodes, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1


Research on human embryos and cloning : difficulties of legislating in a changing environment and model approaches to regulation

S Magri

(2005), Vol. 12, pp. 483-493, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1-1


Research on human embryos, stem cells and cloning: one year since the passing of Australian Federal legislation: Australia, around the word, and back again

S Magri

(2003), Vol. 10, pp. 1-1, Murdoch University electronic journal of law, Perth, W.A., C1-1


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