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Anne-Maree Farrell - Director, Centre for Health Law and Society

Anne-Maree FarrellProfessor Anne-Maree Farrell is ARC Future Fellow and Professor and Chair of Health Law and Society at La Trobe Law School. She has worked as an academic in both the UK and Australia, as well as spending over 12 years in private practice as a lawyer 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. She has been awarded competitive external income totalling over $2.5 million to date by a range of funding bodies including Australian Research Council, the Wellcome Trust (UK), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the Nuffield Foundation (UK). She was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship Regulating Human Body Parts: Principles Institutions and Politics (2014-2018).

Professor Farrell has published widely in a range of internationally recognised journals and edited collections. Her books include Health Law: Frameworks and Context (Cambridge University Press, 2017), with J Devereux, I Karpin and P Weller; 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; The Politics of Blood: Ethics Innovation and the Regulation of Risk (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Organ Shortage: Ethics Law and Pragmatism (Cambridge University Press, 2011), co-edited with D Price and M Quigley.

Anne-Maree Farrell's SSRN profile

Fiona Kelly - Deputy Director, Centre for Health Law and Society

Associate Professor Fiona Kelly

Associate Professor Fiona Kelly is Associate Professor of Law at La Trobe Law School. She has worked as an academic in both Australia and Canada. In Canada, she held the position of Associate Professor in the Law School at the University of British Columbia. She has also previously worked as was a judicial associate at the Family Court of Australia and a Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Dr Kelly's research interests are primarily in the area of family law and, in particular, the regulation of legal parentage. She has published extensively in Australian and international journals in a variety of areas of family law, including the judicial and legislative treatment of lesbian and single mother by choice families, the legal regulation of parentage in the context of assisted reproduction, the ethics of sperm donor anonymity, and the legal treatment of transgender children and youth seeking medical treatment. Her books include Autonomous Motherhood? A Socio-Legal Study of Choice and Constraint (University of Toronto Press, 2015) with S Boyd, D Chunn and W Wiegers; Australian Family Law: The Contemporary Context (Oxford University Press, 2015) with B Fehlberg, R Kaspiew, J Millbank and Juliet Behrens; and Transforming Law’s Family: The Legal Recognition of Planned Lesbian Families (UBC Press, 2011). In 2015, Dr Kelly was awarded a Victorian Law Foundation grant to prepare a plain language legal toolkit for parents of transgender children and youth navigating the Family Court treatment approval process.

Fiona Kelly's SSRN profile

Pompeu Casanovas - Associate

Pompeu Casanovas

Pompeu Casanovas is Research Professor at La Trobe University and Key Researcher of the Australian government-funded Data to Decisions CRC Project and at the EU H2020 Project TakeDown. He is also Director of Advanced Research and Professor of Philosophy and Sociology of Law at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB Faculty of Law), and founder and Head of the UAB Institute of Law and Technology (IDT-UAB). He was appointed Professorial Research Fellow at Deakin University in 2016, and since 2014 onwards, Honorary Professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

He has been Principal Investigator in over 50 national, European, and international projects. He has published over 10 books and more than 200 scientific articles in the areas of legal philosophy, legal sociology, intellectual history, pragmatics, the Semantic Web, and Artificial Intelligence & Law. His recent publications include regulatory models to implement security and privacy on the Web of Data (including Public Health). His research interests comprise both cyber-security to fight organized crime, and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and crowdsourcing to protect rights and foster citizens' political participation.

At present, he is General Co-Editor of the Law, Governance and Technology Series (LGTS, Springer Verlag),  the Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL, University of Cornell), and the Journal of Catalan Intellectual History (de Gruyter Open). He belongs to the Scientific Board of Directors of the European Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Law, Science and Technology (2012-2017), and is serving at the JURIX Steering Committee.

He served as General Coordinator and co-director for the Catalan White Book on Mediation (Catalan Government, 2009-2011). He also conducted research for the Spanish Council for the Judiciary (1997-2003), and served many years as Professor at the Spanish Judiciary School (Training Education Program for Justices, Judges and Magistrates), and at the Spanish Ministry of Justice (Training Education Program for Prosecutors).

Pompeu Casanovas had a Spanish and French education (Alliance Française). He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy, and Degrees in Law (UAB) and in Philosophy (UAB). He carried out post-doctoral research at the universities of Bari (and Rome, 1987), University of California San Diego-UCSD (1990-92), and Stanford University (2000-2001). He has been Visiting Professor in many universities and research centres: CNRS (Paris, France, 1994-1997, 2005), University of Bologna (CIRSFID, 2006), CNR-Bologna (IRSIG, 2006), Victoria University (Melbourne, 2012-2013). From 1995 to 2008 he served as Consultant of Legal Methodology, Artificial Intelligence, and Professor of PhD programme at Open University of Catalonia.

Pompeu Casanovas' SSRN profile

Deborah Gleeson - Associate

Deborah Gleeson

Deborah Gleeson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate subjects with a health systems, health policy and public health focus. Her research interests include health policy-making capacity in government, the impact of trade agreements on health and the capacity for engagement between health and trade sectors. She holds the honorary role of Convenor of the Political Economy of Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). In this capacity, she plays a key role in PHAA's advocacy for healthy trade agreements. She is also active in the People's Health Movement, a global network of health activists and organisations that advocates for health equity at the global level.

Deborah Gleeson's SSRN profile

Laura Griffin - Associate

Laura Griffin

Dr Laura Griffin is a Lecturer in Law at La Trobe Law School. Her current research concerns the rule of law, development and the state. Her broader interests include human rights law, migration, gender, citizenship, theology, global political economy, and critical approaches to development and international law. She completed her doctoral thesis in 2011 at the University of Melbourne. This project, an ethnographic study of ‘illegal’ migrant domestic workers in South Africa, involved a reconceptualisation of borders and migrant subjectivity.

Patrick Keyzer - Associate

Patrick Keyzer

Professor Patrick Keyzer is the Head of La Trobe Law School, and is the School’s Chair of Law and Public Policy. He has a long research track record on the topics of risk assessment and risk management across the domains of health, mental health and disability.  Originally a constitutional lawyer and still publishing a textbook on that topic, Professor Keyzer is one of Australia’s leading experts on the preventive detention of people judged to be “dangerous” on psychological grounds, and has been funded by the Australian Research Council and the Criminology Research Council to support his research on this topic.  Keyzer is also an expert on risk management in sports and fitness, and was recently appointed Chair of the Fitness Industry Standards Council of Australia.  This appointment followed his leadership of the groundbreaking Australian Research Council-funded Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management (AFIRM) Project.  AFIRM resources are used extensively in the Australian fitness industry.  His current research includes funded projects about risk management in voluntary sports organizations, the abuse of performance and image-enhancing drugs, and about methamphetamine abuse in rural and regional Australia.

Professor Keyzer also recently completed the second edition of the Endeavour Foundation’s Discover Guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, together with Gail Casey and Dr Darren O’Donovan. He is also currently working on a history of disability law and services in NSW.

Professor Keyzer, together with First Peoples’ Disability Network,  recently co-wrote and co-edited a submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Indefinite Detention of People with Cognitive Impairment.  A substantial amount of his research in the last twelve years has been concerned with the preventive detention of people judged by forensic psychologists and psychiatrists to be “dangerous”anern or few yearstedited An experienced practitioner and scholar, Professor Keyzer engages in research in a broad range of areas: recentlnis engaged in research aerch presently is Chair of the Fnd continues to work on an occasional basis as a barrister. He also previously worked as an Executive Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE.  He is currently Victorian Convenor of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights; a Member of the NSW Bar Association; and a Member of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law.

Recent books include Principles of Constitutional Law (5th Edition, LexisNexis 2016), with Goff and Fisher; Access to International Justice (Routledge, 2015), co-edited with Popovski and Sampford; Public Sentinels: A Comparative Study of Australian Solicitors-General (Ashgate, 2014), co-edited with Appleby and Williams; Preventive Detention: Asking the Fundamental Questions (Intersentia, 2013);; Australian Constitutional Law: Materials and Commentary, 9th edn (LexisNexis, 2013), with Clarke and Stellios; The Courts and the Media: Challenges in the Era of Digital and Social Media (Halstead Press, 2012), co-edited with Johnston and Pearson; Dangerous People: Policy, Prediction and Practice (Routledge, 2011), co-edited with B McSherry; and Open Constitutional Courts (Federation Press, 2010).

Patrick Keyzer's SSRN profile

Darren O'Donovan - Associate

Dr Darren O'Donovan

Dr Darren O’Donovan holds a BCL (Hons), and a PhD from University College Cork, Ireland, where he also lectured from 2009-2012.

As an Assistant Professor at Bond University, Queensland for the past four years, Darren’s main teaching specialisation was in Administrative Law. He has written extensively on rights, oversight and public administration, including the book Law and Public Administration in Ireland (co-authored with Dr Fiona Donson). This work examines the reform of Irish public law and governance in the aftermath of Ireland’s financial crash, stressing the centrality of non-judicial review bodies and first instance decision-makers to delivering administrative justice. These ideas also featured in his examination of the Office of the Ombudsman (co-authored with Dr Fiona Donson), which was published in the leading international law journal, Public Law in 2014.

Darren’s PhD thesis, which was funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, concerning housing rights, equality and Ireland’s Travelling Community. In examining the underlying policy and legislative dynamics behind Traveller/Roma exclusion in Europe, the thesis critically analysed the difficulties of accessing culturally appropriate housing for the Irish Travelling Community. Many of its themes are reflected in an article published this year in the International Journal on Discrimination and the Law.

In joining La Trobe University, Darren will be seeking to contribute to the faculty’s ongoing research into the National Disability Insurance Scheme. He was a co-author (with Professor Patrick Keyzer) of Discover: the National Disability Insurance Scheme Help Guide (2nd edition) which recently published by the Endeavour Foundation. Darren has also contributed to the faculty’s legal advocacy by co-authoring legislative submissions concerning the treatment of cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system. These were recently discussed in a piece for the Indigenous Law Bulletin.

Darren O'Donovan's SSRN profile

Hannah Robert - Associate

Portrait photo of Hannah RobertMs Hannah Robert is a Lecturer in Law at La Trobe Law School.  She holds a BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) and MA (Research) from the University of Melbourne. She is currently completing a doctoral thesis at Melbourne Law School on legal parentage, supervised by Professor Helen Rhoades, and Professor Jenny Morgan. Previously, she taught in the History Department at the University of Melbourne and the University of Newcastle Law School, as well as working as a lawyer in private practice primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Her research interests include legal history, family law, and health law – particularly surrounding gender, reproduction and legal personhood.

Hannah is the author of Paved with Good Intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal Land Rights and Settler-Colonial Law (Halstead, 2016), a legal history of settler-colonial notions of Aboriginal rights in land in the mid-nineteenth century, and Baby Lost: A story of grief and hope (Melbourne University Press, 2017) which examines the personal and legal fallout of fetal death due to a criminal act. Hannah has published with Dr Fiona Kelly and Dr Jennifer Power as part of interdisciplinary project on legal parentage funded by the Transforming Human Society Research Focus Area at La Trobe University. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, the Journal of Law and Medicine, the Australian Feminist Law Journal, Australian Feminist Studies, the Good Weekend, Weekend Australian and edited collections.

Marc Trabsky - Associate

Marc Trabsky

Mr Marc Trabsky is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Postgraduate (Coursework) Programs at La Trobe Law School. He writes in the intersections of legal theory, history and the humanities. His research examines the theoretical, historical and institutional arrangements of law and death. He has published on a diverse range of topics, including coronial law and forensic medicine, technologies of registration and repatriation, and institutional frameworks for memoralising, archiving and disposing the dead.

He is currently finalising a book manuscript titled Law and the Dead: Techniques, Theories, Institutions (Routledge, 2019, forthcoming). He is also working with Dr Laura Griffin (La Trobe) on 'A Legal History of the Register: Births and Deaths', Professor Anne-Maree Farrell (La Trobe) and Associate Professor David Ranson (VIFM) on 'Gone But Not Forgotten: Repatriating the Dead After International Disasters' and Dr Rebecca Scott Bray (Sydney) on 'Bereaved Families and Friends' Experiences of the Coronial System in Australia'. Marc held a visiting position at Kent Law School, University of Kent in 2016. Marc is currently a Research Associate of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom.

Marc Trabsky's SSRN profile

Ross Jones - Associate

Ross Jones is the Redmond Barry Fellow for 2016-17, held jointly at the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne. He completed his PhD in the Education Faculty at Monash University in 2001, funded by an Australian Postgraduate Award, after teaching in secondary schools in Australia and the UK for twenty years. He also has a Masters in Educational Studies from Monash and a BA (Hons) and Dip. Ed. from the University of Melbourne. After completing his doctorate he taught histories of medicine, public health and biology at the University of Melbourne. From 2009-2012 he was an Australian Research Council post-doctoral researcher in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. He has published widely in the areas of the history of anatomy, eugenics, medical biography and education, including Humanity’s Mirror: 150 Years of Anatomy in Melbourne, 2007, commissioned by The Medical School at the University of Melbourne. He is an honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. Ross believes passionately in the need for history to have a broad reach in order to influence public opinion and government policy and therefore he is active in all forms of public media.

David Ranson - Adjunct Professor


Portrait photo of David RansonDavid Ranson graduated in Medicine from The University of Nottingham in 1980 and in Law from the University of the West of England in 1987. He undertook his medical postgraduate training in Anatomical Pathology at the City Hospital Nottingham and at the Department of Pathology at Bristol University working in a number of major tertiary hospitals including the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the Bristol Royal Childrens’ hospital, Southmead hospital and Frenchay hospital before moving to Australia in 1988. His experience in forensic pathology was obtained working with Professor Stephen Jones in Nottingham and Professor Bernard Knight in Cardiff. In addition to his pathology work David worked for many years as a clinical forensic physician for Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the UK and later for Victoria Police in Melbourne.

David is Deputy Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine in Melbourne Australia and is the Medical Director of the Donor Tissue Bank of Victoria. He holds adjunct academic posts as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and a Professor in the La Trobe Law School. David is responsible for the Forensic Services Division of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine which delivers forensic pathology, clinical forensic medicine and related forensic science services in Victoria, Australia.

David is a Fellow of Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia by examination in forensic pathology and anatomical pathology and a Fellow of Royal College of Pathologists (UK) by examination in Histopathology. In addition, he was appointed a foundation fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK, the Faculty of Clinical Forensic medicine of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and the Australian College of Legal Medicine.

At Monash University David is a co-convenor for the Medical Law program which is delivered at all Monash medical campuses and he teaches the ‘Medical Evidence’ subject for the Masters in Forensic Medicine at Monash University.

David has worked overseas investigating deaths, providing Victim Identification services and supporting the repatriation of victims to their families in a number of military and civil disturbances and natural disasters including Kosovo, the Bali bombings, the humanitarian response to the Thailand Tsunami and the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

He has published extensively in the fields of forensic medicine, medical law and pathology and has written numerous text books, manuals, editorials, research papers and forensic pathology service business consultancy reports. He has been a visiting professor and examiner in Singapore and Sri Lanka and has given expert evidence in a large number of criminal matters in Australia and overseas.

Outside the forensic world he sings with Victoria Chorale and is a Radio Amateur.

Naomi Burstyner - Research Fellow

Naomi is qualified as a lawyer, nationally accredited as a mediator and as a family dispute resolution practitioner under the Family Law Act 1975.

Naomi is a researcher in the area of health law, medical law and bioethics and has contributed to various research pursuits undertaken by the Centre for Health Law and Society at La Trobe University in 2016. Naomi has jointly published an article on brain stimulation devices, which appeared in The Conversation in October 2016 and she is interested in the intersection between dispute resolution techniques and health law, via their use in the area of forensic medicine as well as other areas of health.

Naomi has significant lecturing experience in the fields of negotiation skills, mediation and dispute resolution advocacy. She has lectured in mediation and negotiation subjects at Monash University in the Postgraduate Law Faculty, since 2012. She coaches students in National Mediation Accreditation Standards (NMAS) mediation courses and has coached students participating in the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition in Paris for the past three years, where these teams have come second (2014), won 'best mediation plan' (2015), and come third (2016).

Naomi has extensive research experience in the areas of access to justice and alternative dispute resolution and was a researcher at the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation, Monash University from 2012 until 2016.

Prior to her academic roles, Naomi has experience consulting on, and teaching negotiation skills in corporate, legal and government settings. Naomi’s corporate clients included international engineering consultancies, professional services and law firms, major media groups, as well as industry bodies in the accounting and construction industries.

Naomi holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from Monash University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice Skills and Ethics from Monash University, a Masters of Laws from Melbourne University, and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution from Relationships Australia.

She has authored and co-authored several articles on teaching negotiation, mediator ethics and on various aspects of justice innovation including alternative dispute resolution and has presented at several conferences both nationally and internationally.

Naomi Burstyner's SSRN profile

Marnie Manning - Research Fellow

Marnie Manning is a Research Fellow at La Trobe University’s Centre for Health Law and Society. She is also a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law, Monash University and a practising lawyer.  Her research interests include health law, young people and the law, and commercial, contract & intellectual property laws.

Marnie is involved in various research projects including empirical research relating to regulation of body parts in Australia under the Centre’s Chair, Professor Anne-Maree Farrell, and other theoretical work relating to intellectual property laws in China and various international trade agreements.  She has previously provided academic research assistance to Monash University including data analysis for an empirical study on medical negligence claiming in the UK and theoretical work on diagnosis of death and posthumous treatment of human tissue in Australia.

Her PhD research involves an interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical study on how Australian judges and medical practitioners approach medical treatment decision-making for seriously ill young people.

She has taught Contract Law as a Teaching Associate at Monash University and served as a Moot Court Advocacy Examiner for Deakin University.  She has delivered a broad range of lectures and speaking engagements in Australia and overseas, primarily in commercial law and intellectual property, including for the Law Institute of Victoria, the Leo Cussen Institute, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) (in Melbourne and Sydney), the IP Business Congress (in San Francisco, United States and Lisbon, Portugal) and the IPBC Asia (in Tokyo, Japan).

Marnie has practised as a lawyer for over thirteen years, most recently as Group General Counsel for a multinational construction group. She was previously Group Corporate Counsel Asia Pacific for the Associated British Foods plc group and Senior Associate at a leading Australian IP law firm.

She served as Chair of the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria from 2010 to 2016 and is a Member of the Commercial Law Section Executive Committee of the Law Institute of Victoria.  She is a sessional peer reviewer of submitted law manuscripts for the Internal Medicine Journal, published by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a Council Member of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine.  She has served as Law Member of Monash University’s Human Research Ethics Committee and as a Non-Executive Director of the Dolphin Research Institute Ltd, a marine research not for profit organisation.  She is a Fellow of the International Intellectual Property Strategists’ Association (INTIPSA) and an experienced IP strategist. Since 2012, Marnie has consistently ranked in IAM’s World’s Leading 300 IP Strategists, one of only a few Australians to make the rankings.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University, a mini MBA from Boston University and a Certificate in Governance and Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia.  She has experience in empirical data collection and analysis using various methods and has completed an intensive course on empirical and ethnographic research methods through Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science and training on NVivo software at the University of Melbourne.

Nicole Shackleton – PhD Candidate

Portrait photo of Nicole ShackletonNicole is a PhD candidate at La Trobe University’s Centre for Health Law and Society. Her PhD research considers the legal regulation of gendered hate speech in Australia. Her research interests also include gender, health law, human rights, international criminal law and justice, and Australian criminal law.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Laws with Honours from La Trobe University, a Diploma of Languages in Spanish from La Trobe University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Australian National University. Nicole Shackleton is qualified as a lawyer.

Nicole has taught Legal Institutions and Methods, Tort Law and Administrative Law as a Sessional Tutor at La Trobe University. She has also delivered a broad range of seminars and guest lectures, primarily in research methods, Human Rights, and mental disability and criminal responsibility.

In 2017, Nicole volunteered at Youthlaw, a Community Legal Centre that assists disadvantaged young people. In 2016, Nicole interned on the Nuon Chea defence team at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, in Phnom Phen, Cambodia. She has also previously interned with the Australian Red Cross in the International Humanitarian Law Team.

Nicole has co-authored articles on minority rights, the right to rehabilitation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and gendered hate speech.

Nicole Shackleton’s SSRN profile