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Sydney Health Law

Exploring all areas of health law

Sydney Health Law is the focal point for health law research, teaching and community engagement at Sydney Law School.  It builds on two decades of excellence in teaching and research across all areas of health law.

Sydney Health Law is a centre in the University of Sydney Law School that is active in organising seminars and conferences on topics of relevance to health governance, law and ethics and in building links with academic, community and professional organisations in Australia and overseas.

Academic staff affiliated with the Centre teach in Sydney Law School’s extensive offerings in health law, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The centre aims to encourage, promote and support innovative and important scholarship in health law, policy and bioethics – through teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy in all areas of health law, including health policy and bioethics.

These objectives include work both within the University of Sydney, with other centres in Australia and overseas, with the legal profession more generally, and the wider community, both in Australia and internationally.

The centre's activities may include:

  • sponsoring conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures and other similar activities
  • arranging visits of distinguished scholars from Australia and overseas
  • supporting high-quality postgraduate study in the field, including the Master of Health Law and Graduate Diploma in Health Law, and supervision of postgraduate research by thesis or dissertation
  • advising upon and contributing to the development of the undergraduate curriculum in health law at the University of Sydney
  • engaging in innovative research and inquiry into the impact of health law on Australia
  • undertaking a range of external advice, opinion work, consultancies and projects in the area of health law, within Australia, the Asia Pacific, and other parts of the world
  • fostering collaborative links across institutions and across fields related to health law
  • supporting the dissemination of scholarly publications, reports and other works, as well as supporting other means of dissemination of scholarly publications
  • collaborating with professional associations and societies engaged in promoting health law
  • doing all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives or any of them.




Academic staff



Food governance research

Located in the Charles Perkins Centre, the Food Governance node provides a platform for collaboration between lawyers, nutritionists, policy analysists, and health scientists. Our focus is on developing practical solutions to the problems of poor nutrition and diet-related disease, through submissions to government, developing grant applications, generating new multidisciplinary research, and more.

Strengthening local food systems governance

Beginning in 2019, this ARC Discovery project aims to investigate the role of law, policy, and regulation in enabling local governments and communities to contribute to healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems. Visit the strengthening local food systems governance website

Food governance events

Past events

2021 Food Governance Conference

In December 2021 the Food Governance Node at the Charles Perkins Centre (University of Sydney) hosted the Global Food Governance Conference, in collaboration with the George Institute for Global Health and the Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments (Georgetown University Law Centre).

2019 Food Governance Conference

In conjunction with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Law School hosted the second Food Governance Conference from 3-5 July 2019.

Sydney Health Law seeks up to three, highly motivated students to serve as interns at the Centre during semester 2, 2023. These roles are paid positions.

Interns will explore the status of vaping regulation in Pacific Island Countries and Territories and options for regulating e-cigarettes.

This internship project will inform the Public Health Division of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the legislative draftsperson leading the further development of the Pacific Legislative Framework. 

The internship is open to Sydney Law School students who:

  • Have completed at least third year Combined Law; or
  • Are currently enrolled in at least second year of the Juris Doctor program; or
  • Are currently enrolled in a Sydney Law School postgraduate degree e.g. Master of Health Law or Master of Laws (LLM).

To learn more, check out the eligibility criteria and application form. Applications close on Sunday, 2 July 2023, 11:59 pm (AEST).

Food Governance Conference

Exploring how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges


Food Governance Conference

Exploring how law, policy, and regulation address food system challenges

Everybody eats; it is the key to our survival, but food also has the potential to compromise health.

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