We welcome you to the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law / New Zealand Bioethics Conference, taking place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand 21-23 November 2019.

The two conferences, both of which are regular fixtures, are being combined and will run as one.  The conference will last over two-and-a-half days, from Thursday lunchtime to Saturday evening (when the conference dinner will be).

Both conferences have always offered forums for the discussion of all issues within the ambit of Bioethics, and so we have chosen not to specify any conference theme.

Call for papers has been announced and abstract submission open.  We look forward to seeing you in Dunedin for the Conference in November.

Neil Pickering

Convenor, AABHL & New Zealand Bioethics Conference Organising Committee 2019

Keynote Speakers

Professor Carl Elliott

Centre for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, USA

Carl Elliott is Professor in the University of Minnesota's Center for Bioethics and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. He is also a former post-doctoral fellow and William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago Bioethics Centre.


Elliott is the author or editor of seven books, including White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (Beacon, 2010) and Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Norton, 2003.) His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Mother Jones, The New York Times, The American Scholar and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently working on a book about whistleblowing in research on human subjects.

Associate Professor Maui Hudson

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, The University of Waikato, NZ

Associate Professor Maui Hudson is based in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Waikato. He is an interdisciplinary researcher who explores the interface between Indigenous Knowledge, Science and Technology. He co-authored the Te Mata Ira Guidelines for Genomic Research with Māori, and the He Tangata Kei Tua Guidelines for Biobanking with Māori. Professor Hudson is also the co-convener for SING Aotearoa (Summer Internship for Indigenous Genomics), a co-founder of Te Mana Raraunga Māori Data Sovereignty Network, and a member of the Senior Leadership Team for Genomics Aotearoa. 

Professor Joanna Manning

Faculty of Law, The University of Auckland, NZ

Joanna Manning is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, the University of Auckland, where she teaches and has published widely on issues of: health law, policy, and ethics; torts, including negligence; and accident compensation, particularly treatment injury. She is a contributing author of the textbook, Skegg and Paterson (eds), Health Law in New Zealand (Thomson Brookers, 2015) and the editor of The Cartwright Papers: Essays on the Cervical Cancer Inquiry 1987-88 (Bridget Williams Books, 2009). She was the consumer representative on the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for approx 10 years, the lawyer member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2011 and the lawyer member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Heart Foundation NZ (2011-2014).

Professor Catherine Mills

Monash Bioethics Centre, Monash University, Australia

Catherine Mills is a Professor in the Monash Bioethics Centre. Her disciplinary background is philosophy, and her research addresses ethical issues in human reproduction, especially from the perspective of how new reproductive technologies impact on women. She also has expertise in feminist philosophy and aspects of Continental philosophy, particularly the work of Michel Foucault, and debates on biopolitics. 

She is the author of three single author books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her books are: The Philosophy of Agamben (2008), Futures of Reproduction: Bioethics and Biopolitics (2011) and Biopolitics (2018). 

Recent funded projects include an ARC Future Fellowship (2012-2016) on responsibility in pregnancy. A current ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019) supports research on the ethical and legal issues raised by technologies that permit inheritable genetic modifications to the human genome, such as mitochondrial replacement techniques and CRISPR-Cas9. An earlier ARC Discovery Project supported research on obstetric ultrasound and selective termination of pregnancy.

Dr Krushil Watene

College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, NZ

Krushil Watene is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Massey University. Krushil specialises in moral and political philosophies of well-being, development, and justice with a particular focus on indigenous philosophies. She works closely with Māori communities to support the revitalisation and sustaining of mātauranga Māori, and the ways in which Māori justice concepts can contribute to global justice theorising. She was elected as a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in 2018, and her work has been supported by the Marsden Fund, Ngā Pae ō te Māramatanga, and the Land and Water National Science Challenge.

Professor Martin Wilkinson

Politics and International Relations, The University of Auckland, NZ

Martin Wilkinson has undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He worked in the Department of Political Studies from 1993-2002 and returned in 2009 after several years working in the medical school. In recent years he has worked on ethics in organ transplantation and public health ethics. His book Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs (Oxford University Press, 2011: pbk 2015) has been described in reviews as `slim, rigorous and entertaining' (Journal of Applied Philosophy) and `a first-rate work of philosophy, independent of sub-field' Res Publica. He was Chair of the Bioethics Council and Deputy Chair of the National Ethics Advisory Committee.

Provisional Programme

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Health Law Stream Workshop

Wednesday 20 November 2019

St David Lecture Theatre Complex

9 am - 1 pm

Cost:  NZ$100 (includes morning tea)

Legal and ethical challenges in emerging technology and innovation in health law:  An open conversation

As medical science and technology improve, the treatment options for patients expand and where once, a patient would have either died or suffered from ongoing, debilitating illness, they now have a broader array of treatment options. Today, most developed nations have vast amounts of information, data and medical options available at their fingertips, that a few years ago would have been considered science fiction. To name but a few, we now have health statistics on our wrists, can share information and access health recommendations at any time, and in any location and there is the potential for the introduction of driverless cars. While some may consider these developments a great triumph of the times, they raise several moral, ethical and legal challenges.

The law struggles to keep pace with innovation – and it is only when a number of issues come to the fore that the courts are required to consider how/when/if emerging technology and innovation in health law should be regulated. It is often academics and researchers that probe into these issues and foresee potential future challenges.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers, academics and professionals to work for an informal morning session to have an open conversation to discuss the challenges, conflicts and emerging trends in the area of health law and bioethics as it relates to emerging technology, innovation and artificial intelligence (AI). The aim is to make the workshop a positive collegial opportunity for researchers and academics working in this area to discuss and exchange their scholarly views and ideas as an open dialogue - and identify potential future collaborations.

Convenor:  Neera Bhatia 

Clinical Ethics Stream Workshop

Wednesday 20 November 2019

St David Lecture Theatre Complex

10 am - 4 pm (registration and morning tea starts 9.30 am)

Cost:  NZ$140 (includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea)

Focus on decision making throughout the life spectrum, legal-ethical interface and cultural competency.  Case presentations with interactive discussion.  Cross-Tasman clinical ethics networking.  A more detailed programme will be available soon.

Convenors: Hazel Irvine, Julie Letts, Jenny Jones

Download Confirmed CES Workshop Programme (pdf)



Student/Early Career Workshop

Thursday 21 November 2019

St David Lecture Theatre Complex

Times still to be confirmed

More information will be provided soon...




The AABHL have subsidised the registration fees for full and student members to maximise attendance.  Delegates wishing to become AABHL members may do so by using the link to the membership page below.  Online registration is now open with Earlybird Registration Rates available until 20 August 2019.


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Full Registration (earlybird by 20 August)

Includes entry to all sessions, conference handbook, Thursday welcome function, day catering Friday and Saturday and conference dinner. Excludes workshops which can be purchased separately.

Earlybird Regular
Member $648 $750
Non-Member $830 $935
Student Member $315 $420
Student Non-Member $500 $600

Day Only Registration

Includes entry to all sessions and catering on the day selected, conference handbook.  Excludes workshops and conference dinner which can be purchased separately.

AABHL Member NZ$300

AABHL Student Member NZ$170

Non Member NZ$340

Non Member Student NZ233




AABHL Clinical Ethics Stream Workshop NZ$140 (NZ$130 if booked with conference registration)

Partner Ticket: Welcome Reception NZ$35

Partner Ticket: Conference Dinner NZ$105


Abstract Submission

The Organising Committee is pleased to call for papers for the AABHL NZB Conference to be held at the University of Otago in Dunedin 21-23 November 2019.

This conference will provide a forum for discussion on a wide variety of topics in bioethics and health law. We welcome submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds and encourage submissions from students. All abstracts will go through a peer review process undertaken by the conference committee. The committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.


Important Dates:

Submission Deadline:   Extended to 15 July 2019

Authors Advised:         20 July 2019

Earlybird Closes:         20 August 2019

Authors registered by: 1 October 2019


The Committee invites you to submit abstracts for consideration as an oral presentation or workshop/symposium. See also the student prize essays submission details below.

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes presentation time. Presenters are encouraged to include at least 10 minutes for audience questions and discussion within the 30 minute slot.


As the forthcoming conference coincides with the retirement of Professor Grant Gillett, papers in the areas where he has published would be welcomed.  In the conference, these papers may be grouped into symposia on Grant’s work, with responses by Grant.

 The relevant areas would be:


Papers can focus on the neuroscience of mental states or philosophical issues such as reasoning, free will, personal identity or brain damage or could explore areas of the overlap between neuroscience and psychiatry


Papers would be particularly relevant if they concerned end-of-life issues, informed consent, or clinical decision-making particularly in palliative care and the termination of treatment.

Philosophy of Psychiatry

Papers might concern neural underpinnings of psychiatric disease, philosophical analysis of psychopathology, the overlap between socio-political realities and human adaptation to contemporary life, or post-colonial critiques of psychiatry and ethics 

There is also a possibility that papers offered in these areas on Grant Gillett’s work may be considered for a proposed Festschrift Volume.


Workshops/symposia will be allocated 60-90 minutes. They should be organised around a specific case/issue/theme/policy/legislative development.

Workshops can be discussion sessions aimed primarily at exchange and refinement of views, or  working sessions with defined objectives, such as defining the scope and nature of an issue, developing a plan of action, solving a problem, or demonstration of innovations with hands-on experience.

The program for the workshop may include speaker presentations, but ample time should be allocated for discussion or activities. As a guide, 90 minute workshops should aim for at least 30 minutes of interactive discussion time. Preference will be given to workshops which have an explicit and workable plan for promoting extensive discussion and engagement. Please include ONE abstract with all facilitators names as authors with presenting author nominated as representing the group and receiving abstract submission information.

Symposia consist of 2-3 papers on a theme. A separate abstract will be required for the symposia as a whole (describing the theme), and for each paper to be presented within the symposium.

Student Prize Essays Submission Details:

Students are required to submit a full essay not exceeding 5000 words (not including footnotes and references) by 15 July 2019 to be considered for the prizes.

John McPhee (Law) Prize

Paper eligibility: Any paper on a topic related to health law; it may also have an ethical aspect

Max Charlesworth (Bioethics) Prize

Paper Eligibility: Bioethics: ethical issues arising in relation to medicine, the health sciences or health care in general from any of the disciplines that offer a perspective on such issues, including philosophy, bioethics, law, social theory, sociology, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, cultural studies, history, literacy theory and literature.

Submission or conformity requirements on the paper or essay:
Essay should conform to the requirements of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and be submitted as a word document through the Online Abstract Management system on the conference website. Applicants should make clear which prize they are submitting for.

Prize: The winner[s] will be invited to present their paper at this year’s conference. Complimentary registration fees at the conference will be provided; assistance to travel to the conference may also be provided but this will be considered on a year-to-year basis. The prize will also provide one year’s subscription to AABHL membership.

For more details on the student prize essays submissions and general abstract submission, please see the Abstract Guidelines (pdf).


Online Submission





St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago

Located in the heart of Dunedin, the St David Lecture Theatre Complex at the University of Otago will host Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law and New Zealand Bioethics Conference.



Rooms have been reserved at the Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge and Te Rangi Hiroa College (a University of Otago Student Hall of Residence) for delegates to book directly (not included in the conference registration process).  Details are provided below with links for direct bookings.

Information on alternative accommodation options as well as sightseeing ideas are available on the Dunedin Website.

Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge


 30 Duke Street, Dunedin 9016

+64 3 477 5360

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Situated within 5 minutes walk to  the conference venue and 15 minutes to the city CBD, the Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge has a bar and restaurant onsite.  This hotel offers rooms (king bed or two double beds) with own ensuite.  NZ$169 per night including breakfast. NZ$193 per night for 2 persons.  Booking and payment are made directly with the Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge by emailing the reservation desk and quoting the conference booking number #77142.

Payments and any changes to bookings are to be made directly with the hotel. See hotel website for accommodation cancellation policy.


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Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge Website


Te Rangi Hiroa College

192 Castle Street, Dunedin 9016

+64 3 479 4430

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Situated within 10 minutes walk to both the conference venue and the city CBD, Te Rangi Hiroa College offers single rooms with own ensuite.  NZ$125 per night including continental breakfast. 

Payments and any changes to bookings are to be made directly with the hotel. See College website for accommodation cancellation policy.

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Terms & Conditions


The Conference is open to everyone registered. Conference dinner is included in full registration but must indicate attendance on registration form.  Partners may attend the welcome function and conference dinner (partner tickets are available on the registration form). Delegates attending a day only will need to purchase a dinner ticket separately.


All fees are in New Zealand Dollars.  Payment will be accepted by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), international money transfer (Add NZ$25 bank fee), direct credit or nz cheque.  The earlybird fee will cease to apply from 21 August 2019 – any unpaid registrations at that time will revert to the full registration fee.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations or alterations to registration items should be put in writing (email) to the Conference Organiser.  

If cancellation of registration is received in writing on or before 1 September 2019 – registration fees less NZ$90 administration fee will be refunded.  From 2 September 2019 - no refund of monies paid.  


Delegates are required to book their own accommodation – a list of accommodation is available on the website and delegates are asked to book directly using the booking references.  Delegates must pay for all accommodation costs directly with the accommodation providers. The attendee should note the cancellation policy for the chosen hotel/motel when making the direct booking.  It is the attendees responsibility to notify the hotel directly of any changes to their booking.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The AABHL/NZB 2019 Secretariat cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Disclaimer of Liability

The Organising Committee, including the The AABHL/NZB 2019 Secretariat, will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or loss of or damage to their personal property as a result of the conference or related events. If for any reasons beyond the control of the organising committee, the conference is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses. 



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PO Box 7168

Dunedin 9078 

New Zealand

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