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Dr Shih-Ning Then

Faculty of Law,
Law School


Dr Shih-Ning Then
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
+61 7 3138 9596
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney), Masters of Law (University of Edinburgh)

Professional memberships
and associations
Dr Shih-Ning Then is a member of the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law research and the QUT Children and Youth Research Centre.
Australian Centre for Health Law Research: http://www.qut.edu.au/research/achlr
Children and Youth Research Centre: http://www.cyrc.qut.edu.au/

ACHLR, Health and Medical Law, Medical Ethics, Children as patients, Organ and tissue transplantation and donation, Substitute decision-making, Supported decision-making, End of life decision-making, Biomedical research

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Shih-Ning Then commenced with the School of Law in 2008. Shih-Ning researches and teaches in the areas of medical law and ethics. She is an experienced interdisciplinary researcher who has published with medical practitioners, ethicists and other interdisciplinary scholars.


Shih-Ning’s research interests include:

  • regulation of biomedical science
  • artificial reproductive technologies
  • involvement of minors in a health context
  • use of human tissues and tissue transplantation
  • guardianship of adults without capacity and supported decision-making
  • health law.

Shih-Ning is a chief investigator on an ARC funded linkage grant looking at effective decision-making support for people with cognitive disabilities (https://research.qut.edu.au/achlr/projects/effective-decision-making-support-for-people-with-cognitive-disability/).   She is currently a member of the NHMRC Organ and Tissue Working Committee and has experience as a member of a human research ethics committee.

Shih-Ning would be interested in supervising PhD students in her areas of expertise.


Shih-Ning graduated from The University of Queensland in 2003 with First-class honours in Law and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. In 2009 she completed a Master of Laws in Innovation, Technology and the Law at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with Distinction and in 2015 completed a PhD at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining QUT, Shih-Ning worked as an associate to Justice Davies in the Queensland Court of Appeal, a lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyer and as a legal officer for the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

This information has been contributed by Dr Shih-Ning Then.


Units currently taught

  • LWS101 Ethics, Law and Health Care
  • LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics
This information has been contributed by Dr Shih-Ning Then.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Effective Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year


Current supervisions

  • Enforceability of Mental Health Advance Directives in Australia: The Legal Limits of Personal Autonomy
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Ben White, Professor Lindy Willmott
  • Improving the regulation of research misconduct
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Fiona McDonald