Health Law and Ethics Network (HLEN) was formally established at Melbourne Law School in 2018
The key objectives of HLEN are to promote high quality, inter-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement in health law and ethics, and to foster collaboration among scholars and clinicians across the University of Melbourne and Parkville precinct. The research facilitated by the Network is directed towards growing the scholarship, offering policy solutions to governments, informing judicial decision-making, and providing input into clinical practice guidelines.
Overview of the Health Law and Ethics Network
HLEN includes researchers working across the gamut of topics in the health, law and bioethics, including reproductive health; mental health; regulation of health professionals; genomics and other emerging technologies; disability; public health; control of non-communicable diseases; neonatal intensive care; children’s surgeries; and distributive justice.
One of HLEN’s main activities is to host monthly lunchtime seminars on a variety of current issues arising in health law and ethics, providing an opportunity for people working in the field to present their work, exchange ideas and develop connections. HLEN sees these seminars as integral to the development of new inter-disciplinary collaborations. In addition to these monthly seminars, HLEN hosts various public and MLS lectures given by leading international experts in health law and ethics.
HLEN seeks to bring together staff and students from across the University of Melbourne, government and industry. HLEN’s events attract people from Melbourne Law School, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Stem Cells Australia, the Melbourne Genomics Institute, the Doherty Institute, the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria, the Royal Children’ Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Health Law and Ethics Network (HLEN) on the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 and its health, economic, social and political consequences have generated important questions for health law and ethics. Through their research, teaching and service to the public, members of the Health Law and Ethics Network at Melbourne Law School are offering informed, insightful and innovative responses to these legal, ethical and policy challenges.