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Professor Fiona Kelly Professor, Law Melbourne

Professor Kelly is a Professor in the La Trobe University Law School, where she is also the Director of the Centre for Health Law and Society. 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. At the project’s conclusion, we will know how familial identities and relationships are managed, transformed or disrupted by statutory and non-statutory forms of donor linking. This knowledge will provide an evidence-based platform from which donor-linking law, policy and services can develop domestically and overseas. 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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