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Dr Neera Bhatia



Associate Professor


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

+61 3 924 46594


Dr Neera Bhatia is an Associate Professor.  She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law 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 (U.K). Her research interests are in the area of health law and bioethics. She has a keen research interest in end of life decision making for critically ill infants and children. She also researches in the area of organ donation, voluntary assisted dying and emerging health technologies.

Neera actively engages with the wider community on issues that are topical in health law. She regularly appears in the media as an expert commentator on her research areas. Neera also sits on several clinical ethics committees.

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Research interests

  • End of Life Decision Making for Critically Ill Infants and Children
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying
  • Organ Donation
  • Emerging Health Technologies
  • Cryonics
  • Health Law (more broadly)
  • Bioethics


  • Clinical Ethics Committee Member, Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care
  • Clinical Ethics Commitee Member, Monash Health
  • Health Law Stream Leader, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL)
  • Co-Theme Leader, Health Futures, Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN)
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL)
  • Member, Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare
  • Member, Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN)

Teaching interests

  • Tort Law
  • Misleading and Deceptive Conduct
  • Health Law

Units taught

  • MLJ704 - Torts and Policy
  • MLJ706 - Law And Policy Of Misleading Conduct And Product Liability
  • MLL213 - Tort Law
  • MLL217 - Misleading and Economic Torts
  • MLL330 - Health Law

Knowledge areas

  • Tort Law 
  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts 
  • Health Law and Bioethics.


Can supervise Masters and PhD Students


  • From Birth to Death: The future of emerging health technology: The Melbourne Clinic, 16/09/2020
  • Child medical tourism: Opportunities and hazards of 21st century global healthcare: AABHL, 22/11/2019, NZ 
  • Workshop: Legal and ethical challenges in emerging technology and innovation in health Law: AABHL, 20/11/2019, NZ
  • ‘Is an ‘opt out’ system of organ donation the way to increase organ donation rates in Australia?’Uni of Melb, Aus, 4/03/2019
  • 'Disagreements in the care of critically ill children’, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, U.K, 28/11/2018
  • ‘A changing social and medical landscape in the care of critically ill infants and children’,Centre for Ethics and Medicine, Bristol, U.K, 26/11/2018
  • Navigating the interdisciplinary landscape', Panellist, AABHL, Aus, 23-25/09/2018
  • '#Uncharted Territory: The new era of social media and the impact on the end of life decision-making for critically ill infants', 10th National Paediatric Bioethics Conference, Royal Children's Hospital, Aus, 5/09/2018
  • 'Charlie Gard: How the 'court of public opinion' may influence future end of life decision making', (ICCEC), Oxford Uni, U.K,21/06/2018
  • '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?', (ICCEC), Oxford Uni, U.K, 22/06/2018 
  • 'Cryonics: Our frozen future or this century’s snake oil?', Invited Speaker, Sydney Health Ethics Centre, Uni of Sydney, Aus,29/03/2018
  • 'Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation: An open dialogue about its function, impact and implementation', Aus,13/12/2017 'Solving the organ crisis ethically',Invited Speaker, Melbourne Uni Public Lecture, Aus,25/08/2015
  • 'Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions', Australian Lawyers Alliance - Medical Law Conference, Aus,31/07/2015 
  • 'Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death: Time for a change in the law', Grand Round Seminar, Royal Children's Hospital, Aus, 24/06/2015
  • 'Cutting the Cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature neonates?', Law and Society, U.S.A,29/05/2014

Media appearances

  • Legal implication of Cryonics, ABC Radio Sydney, 26/02/20 
  • Radio Adelaide, ethics of artificial gestation, 13/11/19
  • Radio 3CR,Victoria Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws, 1/07/19
  • Introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws in Victoria, Radio:Triple M News Bulletin, 19/06/19
  • Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation, ABC Ballarat, 19/06/19
  • How to increase organ donation rates in Australia without adopting an 'opt out' system, Radio 2NM:AM981 Breakfast with Andrew Reynolds, Hunter Valley, Sydney, 28/12/18
  • 'More Australians are donating organs but demand is outstripping supply', SBS News, 20/12/18
  • Commentary, An opt-out system isn???t the solution to Australia???s low rate of organ donation, The Conversation, 12/12/18
  • '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, 26/01/18
  • 'Organ donations should be decided by next of kin: Deakin University expert', Geelong Advertiser, Australia, 25/01/18
  • 'The role of the next-of-kin??? in organ donation and ???Opt Out???  Systems', Radio Live News with John-Michael Swannix, New Zealand, 24/01/18
  • Commentary, Three ways the Charlie Gard case could affect future end-of-life cases globally, The Conversation, 25/07/17
  • 'The case of Charlie Gard, Interview with Neera Bhatia', ABC News at Noon with Ros Childs, Australia, 25/07/17
  • 'Cryonics, Interview with Dr Neera Bhatia and Marta Sandberg', ABC Lateline with David Lipson, Australia, 14/02/17
  • Legal Affairs, The Australian, Australia, 27/10/17
  • 'The tragic case of Charlie Gard', Interview with Neera Bhatia, ABC South East Breakfast with Simon Lauder, Australia, 28/07/17
  • 'The Charlie Gard Case and the impact of social media', Interview with Neera Bhatia, ABC News Radio with Cathy Bell, Australia, 25/07/17
  • Bhatia, N. and Savulescu, J., 'Cryonics: Are freezing bodies all hype, hope, or is it just logistical and ethical hell?', ABC News: Opinion, Australia, 24/11/16
  • 'The Ethics of Cryonics', ABC Perth Breakfast Radio with Peter Bell, Australia, 24/11/16
  • 'Life and Death Decisions for Micro-Prems', Think: Health, Radio 2SER, Australia, 8/02/16
  • Commentary, Withdrawing treatment from premature babies ??? when doctors and parents disagree, The Conversation, 6/02/16
  • Commentary with Julian Savulescu, 'Cryonics: Hope, Hype or Hell?', The Conversation, 23/11/16
  • 'Debate over the definition of death, does the law need to change????, Jill Margo, The Australian Financial Review, 27/11/15
  • 'New forms of heart transplant illegal, journal article warns???, Craig Butt, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Age, 21/09/15
  • 'Legal tweak could save lives???, Brad Crouch, Adelaide Advertiser, 21/09/15
  • ABC 774 DRive: Radio Interview with Raphael Epstein, 21/09/15
  • 'Change to law needed to ease heart transplant shortfall', Radio National News, 21/09/15
  • Discussion about the legal pitfalls of heart transplantation after circulatory death and the risks for doctors, Medical Journal of Australia Podcast: Episode 28, 21/09/15
  • 'Premature babies at the edge of viability', The Wire Community Radio, 8/07/15
  • 'Should we save extremely premature babies?', ABC Regional Radio, 16/06/15
  • 'The Ethics of saving premature babies', RN: DRIVE, ABC National Radio, 16/06/15
  • Geelong academic questions cost of saving some babies, Geelong Independent, 16/06/15


  • Nuffield Council on Bioethics (U.K.), Project: 'Disagreements in the care of critically ill children: Challenges for policy in changing social and medical contexts', Dr Neera Bhatia,  2018: $4,555
  • Deakin University Research Network (DURN), Project: 'End of Life Care', Chief Investigators: Dr Neera Bhatia (with Peter Martin, Rebecca Bartel), 2018: $110,000
  • Deakin University Research Network (DURN), Project: 'Gen(e)quality', Chief Investigators: Dr Neera Bhatia (with Jeffrey Craig, Evie Kendall, Maurizio Meloni, Olga Hogan), 2018: $110,000
  • 'Using children’s literature to empower paediatric cancer patients to express assent for end-of-life care choices and treatment decisions', Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN), 2018
  • 'Teaching professionalism: What can colleagues in HASS and STEM disciplines learn from each other, and what are the opportunities for interdisciplinary research?', Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN), 2018
  • End of Life Conversations: Fundamentals of legislation and complex conversations module: Collaboration with Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare, Dec 2018 - Ongoing 


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Deciding For When You Can't Decide: The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (Vic)

Courtney Hempton, Neera Bhatia

(2020), pp. 1-12, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Medical Tourism and the Best Interests of the Critically ill Child in the Era of Healthcare Globalisation

Neera Bhatia, Giles Birchley

(2020), pp. 1-35, Medical Law Review, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

We Need to Talk About Rationing: The Need to Normalize Discussion About Healthcare Rationing in a Post COVID-19 Era

Neera Bhatia

(2020), pp. 1-5, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Disagreements in the care of critically ill children: emerging issues in a changing landscape

N Bhatia

(2018), London, Eng., A6

research report/technical paper

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

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

N Bhatia

(2015), Abingdon, Eng., A1


Best interests of neonates: Time for a fundamental re-think

N Bhatia, M Bagaric

(2015), Vol. 20, pp. 852-865, Journal of Law and Medicine, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Telesurgery and the law

N Bhatia

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

book chapter

Telemedicine and law

N Bhatia

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

book chapter

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: $4,319


No completed student supervisions to report