Madeleine Archer is a voluntary assisted dying research scholar undertaking a PhD with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Business and Law, supervised by Professor Ben White and Professor Lindy Willmott. Madeleine graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours in Law. Her honours thesis applied criminological theory to Victoria and Western Australia’s voluntary assisted dying regimes. Prior to completing her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2021, she worked heavily on the University of Tasmania’s Independent Review of the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020.
Madeleine’s PhD is a comparative case study of the regulation of voluntary assisted dying in Belgium and in Australia. With a view to enhancing end-of-life care in Australia through better regulation, Madeleine’s work will identify and critically analyse the tools and actors involved in regulating voluntary assisted dying in Belgium and in Australia.