Ms Michelle de Souza

Lecturer - School of Law

Michelle de Souza

Phone: +61 2 6773 5209



Michelle joined UNE in 2010 and teaches Torts, Medical Law and Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods.  Her research interests are medical law and medical ethics, with a focus on the beginning of life and assisted reproductive technology.

Michelle is completing a PhD (part-time) at the University of Sydney.  Her thesis examines the regulation of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis in Australia and the UK.  As part of her PhD, Michelle spent Fall term 2015 at Harvard Law School as a doctoral exchange student.  In addition to advancing her own PhD research, Michelle participated in the Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics workshop run by the Petrie Flom Centre.


LLB (Hons), LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice


Teaching Areas

LAW100: Introduction to Legal Systems and Methods

LAW231: Law of Torts I

LAW232: Law of Torts II

LLM533: Fundamentals of Australia's Common Law System

Research Interests

Michelle is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Her thesis examines the regulation of embryo testing in Australia and the UK.

Research Interests:

Medical Law and Medical Ethics. In particular, bioethics and comparative healthcare law.

Research Supervision Experience


Michelle de Souza, ‘Regulating Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis in Australia: Disability and Parental Choice’ (2015) Journal of Law and Medicine 915

Michelle de Souza, ‘The Regulation of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: Is there anything the United Kingdom can learn from the Australian Experience?’ (2012) 20 JLM 165.

Sonia Allan and Michelle de Souza, ‘Pre-conception, Conception and Birth’ in Sonia Allan and Meredith Blake The patient and the Practitioner: Health Law and Ethics in Australia (2014) Lexis Nexis Butterworths

Clinical Skills and Experience


Consultancy Interests

Community and Advocacy Organisation Collaborations

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