Public lectures

Hear from health law experts:

Annual orations

The Australian Centre for Health Law Research holds annual orations, which have been delivered by leading international experts in health law. You can watch each of these orations below:

Justice Peter Applegarth and Andrew Denton – New Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation (2022)


Previous annual orations

  • 2020: Professor David Studdert (Standford University, US) – Firearm Violence in America
  • 2019: Professor Jane Kaye (Oxford University, UK) – Digital Health, Citizens and Commercialisation
  • 2018: Professor Luc Deliens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Ghent University, Belgium) – Assisted Dying and Palliative Care
  • 2017: The Hon. Michael Kirby – Human Rights Meets Global Pharma
  • 2016: Professor Jocelyn Downie (Dalhousie University, Canada) – Legalisation of Medical Assistance in Dying
  • 2015: Professor Lawrence Gostin (Georgetown University, US) – Ebola: A Global Public Health Crisis
  • 2014: Professor Julian Savulescu (Oxford University, UK) – Voluntary Palliated Starvation
  • 2013: Professor Loane Skene (University of Melbourne, Australia) – Paying for donated eggs for medical research

Mental Health and Human Rights public lecture

On the 17th of May, 2021, ACHLR and HEAL (Health, Ethics and Law) hosted a discussion on mental health and human rights. The keynote speaker was Dr Ian Freckelton, a Queen’s Counsel in full-time practice as a barrister throughout Australia. On the 14th of June, 2021, Ian was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

You can watch the presentation below: