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Dr Anne-Maree Farrell Professor, Law Melbourne

Dr Anne-Maree Farrell is Professor and Chair of Health Law and Society and an ARC Future Fellow. She is Director of the Centre for Health Law and Society, which is based within La Trobe Law School.

She joined La Trobe University Law School in 2016. She holds a BA, LLB, BLitt from the University of Melbourne, an MA (Politics, First Class Honours) from the National University of Ireland (Dublin), and a PhD (Politics) from the University of Manchester. Previously, she held positions in the Faculty of Law at Monash University, as well as the University of Manchester and Lancaster University in the UK. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked as a lawyer in private legal practice for 12 years in Australia and abroad, specialising in mass torts, product liability and medical negligence.

Professor Farrell's research expertise lies generally in health law, policy and ethics. She is particularly interested in the relationship between politics, policy and regulation in the area of health. She has specific interests in law and the human body (blood, organ and stem cells), health technologies, the management of public health risks, and medical injury.

Professor Farrell has published widely in a range of internationally recognised journals and edited collections. Her sole-authored book, The Politics of Blood: Ethics Innovation and the Regulation of Risk (Cambridge University Press) was published in hardback in 2012 and in paperback in 2014. Other books include Health Law: Frameworks and Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier (Routledge, 2016) co-edited with C Stanton, S Devaney and A Mullock European Law and New Health Technologies (Oxford University Press, 2013), co-edited with M Flear, T Hervey and T Murphy and Organ Shortage: Ethics Law and Pragmatism (Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-edited with D Price and M Quigley.

Between 2013 and 2016, Professor Farrell was co-Convenor of the Law and Health Collaborative Research Network (CRN), hosted by the US Law and Society Association (LSA) in the United States. The Law and Health CRN promotes international research networks and collaborations in socio-legal studies in health.


Professor Farrell is currently supervising a number of PhD students. She has been involved in the supervision of 5 successful PhD completions, as well as over 15 successful Masters completions. Areas of PhD supervision to date include law and ethics of organ donation and transplantation, the law and ethics of stem cell science and research, embryo research, litigation against midwives, and criminal law and medical malpractice. Professor Farrell would be happy to consider supervision of HDR students in the area of health and medical law, policy and ethics.


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