Staff profile - Neera Bhatia

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Dr Neera Bhatia

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Deakin Law School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46594 +61 3 924 46594


Biography summary

Dr Neera Bhatia is a senior lecturer in Law at Deakin University.  She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law (UK) and a Doctorate in Law from Deakin University. Most recently she completed her Graduate Certificate in Higher Education also 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 children.  

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
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2014
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2015


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

Health Law and Bioethics

Subjects and units currently teaching

MLJ704: Torts and Policy

MLL213: Tort Law

MML217: Misleading and Economic Torts

Knowledge areas

Tort Law

Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

Health Law and Bioethics

Conferences and seminars

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

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.


Research interests

End of Life Decision making

Health Care Rationing

Health Law





Neera Bhatia, 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. 222 pages.

Journal Articles:

(Forthcoming) Neera Bhatia (with Ben White and Luc Deliens), 2016, How should Australia respond to media-publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium? Journal of Law and Medicine.

Neera Bhatia, 2015, Cutting the Cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature infants? Journal of Law and Medicine, vol 23, no 4.

Neera Bhatia (with James Tibballs), 2015, Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death of the donor – time for a change in law? Medical Journal of Australia, vol 203, no.6.

Neera Bhatia (with James Tibballs), 2015,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: vol.12, no. 3. DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9572-x.

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

Neera Bhatia (with James Tibballs), 2012, Legal clarification of loss of chance of a better outcome in Australia, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 196, no. 3.

Book Chapters:

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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