Staff profile - Neera Bhatia

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Dr Neera Bhatia

Position: Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: Law
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446594 +61 3 92446594


Biography summary

Neera is a lecturer in Law at Deakin University.  She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law (UK) and a Doctorate from Deakin University. Her doctoral thesis examined 'Medico-Legal Decision making for Critically Impaired Neonates'.

Her research interests are in the area of end of life decision-making, bio-ethics and health economics. She currently teaches Tort law and Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts. She is a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law and The Society of Legal Scholars.


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


Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

Society of Legal Scholars, UK

Torts, Jurisprudence & Medical Law Research Hub, School of Law, Deakin University

LinkedIn profile

Personal website


Teaching Interests

Tort Law

Medical Law and Bioethics

Subjects and units currently teaching

MLL213: Tort Law

MML217: Misleading and Economic Torts

Knowledge areas

Tort Law

Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

Medical Law and Bioethics

Conferences and seminars

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

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.


Research interests

End of Life Decision making

Health Economics

Health Law




Bhatia, Neera, June 2015, Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions, Routledge Cavendish Publishing, ISBN:978-1-13-882848-3.

Bhatia, Neera and Tibballs, James, 2014,Deficiencies and Missed Opportunities to Formulate Clinical Guidelines in Australia for Withholding or Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Treatment in Severely Disabled and Impaired
Infants, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry: DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9572-x.

Bhatia, Neera and Bagaric, Mirko 2013, Best interests of neonates : Time for a fundamental re-think, Journal of Law and Medicine, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 852-865.

Bhatia, Neera and Tibballs, James 2012, Legal clarification of loss of chance of a better outcome in Australia, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 196, no. 3, pp. 167-168.

Bhatia, Neera 2008, Telesurgery and the law, in Telesurgery, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp.171-177.

Bhatia, Neera 2006, Telemedicine and the law, in Teleophthalmology, Springer, Berlin , Germany, pp.61-64.

Link to publications

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