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Professor Fiona Kelly Dean and Head of School, LT Law School, Law Melbourne

Professor Kelly is the Dean and Head of School of the La Trobe University Law School. She holds a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an LLM and PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Professor Kelly's research interests are primarily in the areas of Family Law and Health Law, with a particular focus on the legal regulation of assisted reproduction and donor linking. She has published extensively in Australian and international journals on a variety of topics, including the legal regulation of parentage in the context of assisted reproduction, the ethics of sperm donor anonymity, the judicial and legislative treatment of lesbian and single mother by choice families, and the legal treatment of transgender youth seeking medical treatment. Professor Kelly is the lead CI on an ARC Discovery Project grant, "Families of Strangers? The socio-legal implications of donor linking” (with A/P Deborah Dempsey, Swinburne University), which explores the impact of donor linking – the process whereby donor-conceived people, donors and recipient parents access each other’s identity – on individual and familial identities and relationships. Professor Kelly has partnered with the Victorian Assisted Reproduction Treatment Authority (VARTA) and is co-author of VARTA's report on the History of Donor Conception Records in Victoria (2018). She was appointed to the VARTA Board in 2019.

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