Associate Professor Jonathan Liberman


Jonathan Liberman is Director of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, and an Associate Professor in Law and Global Health with a joint appointment in the Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health.

The McCabe Centre, a joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria, the Union for International Cancer Control and Cancer Council Australia, builds knowledge, capacity and networks at global, regional and local levels to promote the use of law as an effective and essential tool in the prevention and control of cancer, as well as other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Jonathan has over twenty years' experience in legal and policy research, advice, training and technical support relating to cancer control at both domestic and global levels. His work covers a wide range of issues relating to cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care and research.

Under Jonathan’s leadership, the McCabe Centre has become a WHO Collaborating Centre for Law and Non-Communicable Diseases; a WHO Framework Convention Knowledge Hub; and established an international legal training program that builds capacity and expertise in the use of law for the prevention and control of cancer and other NCDs, particularly in the context of developing policy coherence between health, trade, investment, human rights and sustainable development.

Jonathan has published extensively on the relationships between law and cancer control, and co-edited two books (with Professors: Tania Voon and Andrew Mitchell), Public Health and Plain Packaging of Cigarettes: Legal Issues, and Regulating Tobacco, Alcohol and Unhealthy Foods: The Legal Issues. Jonathan was a member of the Australian Government’s Expert Advisory Group on Plain Packaging and the International Agency for Research on Cancer Working Group on Social Inequalities and Cancer, and is a member of the Lancet Oncology Global Commission on Cancer Surgery.

Jonathan has degrees in Arts and Law (first class honours) and a Master of Public and International Law.