Law in the time of COVID-19

As the world feels the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Melbourne Law School legal experts are responding to the resulting legal, ethical and policy challenges.




Melbourne Law School has developed new subjects in response to the legal, regulatory and ethical challenges arising from COVID-19.

  • JD Student COVID-19 Assistance Project

    The COVID19 Assistance Project is a policy and research clinic that will operate in Semester 2, 2020.

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  • Melbourne Law Masters: Pandemic Law and Practice

    This subject brings together a number of relevant strands of law at the heart of pandemic response and the public health strategies that are deployed in the face of a global health crisis. It encompasses multiple areas of law, contextualised within historical precedents, human rights and public health law considerations.

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  • Melbourne Law Masters: Global Health, Trade and Investment Law

    Health, trade, intellectual property and investment laws and norms interact in multiple ways, both to the benefit of health and to its detriment. This subject explores both the harmonies and the tensions across these critical areas of policy and governance at legal, normative, operational and institutional levels.

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  • Melbourne Law Masters: Medical Ethics

    This subject aims to provide a basic toolkit and skills to engage in deeper ethical reflection about the major debates in medical ethics and about advances in the biological and neurosciences.

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  • Melbourne Law Masters: Health Law and Human Rights

    This subject will address a range of human rights in the health law area. Topical issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and the human rights issues posed by it will be incorporated into the subject.

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Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community and we are doing everything we can to reduce the rates of infection in the community.

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