Dr Penny Gleeson



Lecturer in Law


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2020


+61 3 924 68822


Dr Penny Gleeson is a Lecturer at Deakin Law School. Penny's expertise is in public health law, regulation, public law, new health technologies and ethics. She was a senior executive in the Victorian public service and continues to contribute to policy and legislative reform. Penny holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and an LLM from the University of Cambridge.

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Biography summary

Dr Penny Gleeson has published on the regulation of drugs and new medical technologies. Her PhD thesis examined the political legitimacy of the regulation of therapeutic goods, with a particular focus on medicinal cannabis, medical abortion and mesh devices. Penny has spoken on these topics at domestic and international conferences.

Penny teaches in the JD and LLB programs at Deakin Law School in the areas of tort law and misleading conduct. She regularly contributes to postgraduate teaching programs in health and law.

Career highlights

  • Deakin Law School - Lecturer
  • Melbourne Law School - Principal Research Fellow (Genomics Project)
  • Melbourne School of Government - Subject Coordinator
  • University of Melbourne, Medicine and Dentistry Human Ethics Sub-Committee - Legal Member
  • Department of Health & Human Services, Victorian Genetics and Genomics Advisory Committee - Member
  • Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership - Coach
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria) - Director, Legal (General Counsel)
  • Federal Court of Australia - Associate to the Hon. Chief Justice M.E. Black
  • Solicitor - Ashurst

Research interests

Public Health Law

Regulatory Theory, Policy and Practice

Public Law and Policy


Health Technologies


European Consortium for Political Research, Standing Group on Regulatory Governance - Member

Australasian Law Academics Association - Member

Science and Democracy Network - Member

Teaching interests

Tort Law

Misleading Conduct

Health Law

Public Law

Units taught

MLL117 - Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

Knowledge areas

Public Health Law

Regulatory Theory, Policy and Practice

New Medical Technologies

Public Law and Policy

Legislative Reform



  • ‘Regulation, Legitimacy and Values – The Regulation of Controversial Medical Products’, public lecture, Melbourne School of Government, The University of Melbourne, June 2020
  • 'The Challenge of Medicinal Cannabis to Therapeutic Goods Regulation in Australia’, Unpacking the Complexity of Regulatory Governance in a Globalising World, Chinese University of Hong Kong (with the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Regulatory Governance), July 2019
  • 'The Challenge of Medicinal Cannabis to the Political Legitimacy of Medicines Regulation: Lessons from Australia’, European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics Annual Conference 2019, University of Oxford (organised by the Ethox Centre and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities), September 2019
  • 'Governance of Genomic Repositories: Perceptions’, Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Symposium, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 2016
  • 'Medical Innovation and the Role of the State’, 2nd International Conference on Public Policy, Catholic University of Milan (organised by the International Public Policy Association), 2015


  • Student Published Research Prize (Graduate Research), Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne
  • Doctoral Academy, Networked Society Institute, the University of Melbourne
  • Australian Postgraduate Award / Research Training Program Scholarship, Australian Government
  • Britain Australia Bicentennial Trust Cambridge Scholarship, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust


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Community concerns about genetic discrimination in life insurance persist in Australia: A survey of consumers offered genetic testing

Jane Tiller, Andrew Bakshi, Grace Dowling, Louise Keogh, Aideen McInerney-Leo, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Tiffany Boughtwood, Penny Gleeson, Martin Delatycki, Ingrid Winship, Margaret Otlowski, Paul Lacaze

(2023), pp. 1-9, European Journal of Human Genetics, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Financial advisers' and key informants' perspectives on the Australian industry-led Moratorium on Genetic Tests in Life Insurance

Casey Haining, Jane Tiller, Margaret Otlowski, Penny Gleeson, Carsten Murawski, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Paul Lacaze, Aideen McInerney-Leo, Louise Keogh

(2023), pp. 1-21, Public Health Genomics, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The A-GLIMMER (Australian Genetics & Life Insurance Moratorium: Monitoring the Effectiveness and Response) Project: Final Stakeholder Report

Jane Tiller, Penny Gleeson, Aideen McInerney-Leo, Louise Keogh, Kristen Nowak, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Tiffany Boughtwood, Martin Delatycki, Ingrid Winship, Margaret Otlowski, Paul Lacaze

(2023), pp. 1-124, A-GLIMMER FINAL STAKEHOLDER REPORT, Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

A step forward, but still inadequate: Australian health professionals' views on the genetics and life insurance moratorium

J Tiller, L Keogh, A McInerney-Leo, A Belcher, K Barlow-Stewart, T Boughtwood, P Gleeson, G Dowling, A Prince, Y Bombard, Y Joly, M Delatycki, I Winship, M Otlowski, P Lacaze

(2022), Vol. 59, pp. 817-826, Journal of medical genetics, England, C1

journal article

Health professionals' views and experiences of the Australian moratorium on genetic testing and life insurance: A qualitative study

Grace Dowling, Jane Tiller, Aideen McInerney-Leo, Andrea Belcher, Casey Haining, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Tiffany Boughtwood, Penny Gleeson, Martin Delatycki, Ingrid Winship, Margaret Otlowski, Chris Jacobs, Louise Keogh, Paul Lacaze

(2022), pp. 1-7, European Journal of Human Genetics, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Australian Genetics and Life Insurance Moratorium: Monitoring the Effectiveness and Response (A-GLIMMER) - Interim Stakeholder Report

Penny Gleeson, Jane Tiller, Aideen McInerney-Leo, Louise Keogh, Kristen Nowak, Kristine Barlow-Stewart, Tiffany Boughtwood, Martin Delatycki, Ingrid Winship, Margaret Otlowski, Paul Lacaze

(2022), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Study protocol: the Australian genetics and life insurance moratorium-monitoring the effectiveness and response (A-GLIMMER) project

J Tiller, A McInerney-Leo, A Belcher, T Boughtwood, P Gleeson, M Delatycki, K Barlow-Stewart, I Winship, M Otlowski, L Keogh, P Lacaze

(2021), Vol. 22, BMC Medical Ethics, England, C1

journal article

Medicinal cannabis and driving: the intersection of health and road safety policy

D Perkins, H Brophy, I McGregor, P O'Brien, J Quilter, L McNamara, J Sarris, M Stevenson, P Gleeson, J Sinclair, P Dietze

(2021), Vol. 97, International Journal of Drug Policy, Netherlands, C1

journal article

A Panacea for Australia's COVID-19 Crisis? Weighing Some Legal Implications of Mandatory Vaccination

G Wolf, J Taliadoros, P Gleeson

(2021), Vol. 28, pp. 993-1017, Journal of law and medicine, Australia, C1

journal article

Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative / Strengthening Legislatures in the Pacific: Support to National Parliament of Solomon Islands - Public Health Bill - March 2021

Penelope Gleeson

(2021), Solomon Islands, A6

research report/technical paper

The challenge of medicinal cannabis to the political legitimacy of therapeutic goods regulation in Australia

Penelope Gleeson

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 558-604, Melbourne University law review, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Moratorium on Genetic Testing and Life Insurance: Monitoring the impact

A/Prof Paul Lacaze, Dr Penny Gleeson

MRFF (DISER) - Genomics Health Futures Mission - Projects Grant Opportunity

  • 2022: $7,500
  • 2021: $7,500


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