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Sydney Health Law

Exploring all areas of health law

Sydney Health Law is the focal point for health law research, teaching and community engagement at Sydney Law School.  It builds on two decades of excellence in teaching and research across all areas of health law.

Sydney Health Law is a centre in the University of Sydney Law School that is active in organising seminars and conferences on topics of relevance to health governance, law and ethics and in building links with academic, community and professional organisations in Australia and overseas.

Academic staff affiliated with the Centre teach in Sydney Law School’s extensive offerings in health law, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The centre aims to encourage, promote and support innovative and important scholarship in health law, policy and bioethics – through teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy in all areas of health law, including health policy and bioethics.

These objectives include work both within the University of Sydney, with other centres in Australia and overseas, with the legal profession more generally, and the wider community, both in Australia and internationally.

The centre's activities may include:

  • sponsoring conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures and other similar activities
  • arranging visits of distinguished scholars from Australia and overseas
  • supporting high-quality postgraduate study in the field, including the Master of Health Law and Graduate Diploma in Health Law, and supervision of postgraduate research by thesis or dissertation
  • advising upon and contributing to the development of the undergraduate curriculum in health law at the University of Sydney
  • engaging in innovative research and inquiry into the impact of health law on Australia
  • undertaking a range of external advice, opinion work, consultancies and projects in the area of health law, within Australia, the Asia Pacific, and other parts of the world
  • fostering collaborative links across institutions and across fields related to health law
  • supporting the dissemination of scholarly publications, reports and other works, as well as supporting other means of dissemination of scholarly publications
  • collaborating with professional associations and societies engaged in promoting health law
  • doing all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives or any of them.


Academic staff

Food governance research

Located in the Charles Perkins Centre, the Food Governance node provides a platform for collaboration between lawyers, nutritionists, policy analysists, and health scientists. Our focus is on developing practical solutions to the problems of poor nutrition and diet-related disease, through submissions to government, developing grant applications, generating new multidisciplinary research, and more.

Food governance conference

We run a number of events throughout the year, including a biennial conference.

In 2016 we hosted the Food Governance Conference, which presented research from across Australia on the role of law, regulation and policy in creating a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food supply. The first of its kind in Australia, the conference attracted 180 attendees from government, civil society, the business sector, and academia, as well as keynote speakers from the UK, US, and Canada.

The next Food Governance Conference is planned for 2018. A report from the 2016 conference is now available, along with the conference program, presenters’ slides and abstracts.

The Food Governance Node also hosted a showcase of food governance research at the University of Sydney on 3 November 2017.

Sydney Health Law blog

This blog provides information on the latest developments and events in health law, ethics and governance, focusing both nationally and globally. Discussion includes the ethical dilemmas of biobanks, developments in chronic disease prevention, and the issues posed by refusal of consent to medical treatment – to name just a few of our many interests.

Visit the Sydney Health Law blog.