Personal details

Dr Katrine Del Villar
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Law,
Research (Law),
Research Centre (Law)
Senior Legal Writer
Faculty of Law,
Law School
Discipline *
+61 416 427 744
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Doctor of Philsophy (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Diploma (Australian National University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member – Australian Centre for Health Law Research (ACHLR)
  • Member – Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL)

ACHLR, end of life law, mental health law

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


Katrine Del Villar researches and teaches in the areas of medical law and ethics, and constitutional law.  Her principal areas of research interest are:

  • mental health law (especially advance decision-making);
  • capacity and autonomy to make medical decisions;
  • consent to and refusal of medical treatment;
  • end-of-life treatment choices, including voluntary assisted dying.

Katrine was Principal Research Officer on the AMA’s Inquiry into Fetal Welfare and the Law, and is current Postdoctoral Research Fellow at QUT dealing with End-of-Life Law.

Katrine has previously taught Constitutional Law at Griffith University, and Administrative Law and Law of Business Entities at the ANU.

Prior to joining QUT, Katrine worked as an associate to Justice Gaudron of the High Court, as a solicitor for Blake Dawson Waldron, and a research officer for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library.

Katrine obtained a BA (Hons)(Russian) from the ANU in 1995, and an LLB(Hons) from the ANU in 1997.  She is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT and of the High Court.

This information has been contributed by Dr Katrine Del Villar.


Units currently taught at QUT:

  • LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics
This information has been contributed by Dr Katrine Del Villar.


In 2018, Katrine was a member of the Advance Health Directive Mental Health Advisory Committee – a joint initiative between advocacy groups QAI and ADA, Queensland Health, and consumers.  The Committee was tasked with drafting material to train clinicians involved in treating consumers who have or may wish to make an Advance Health Directive for Mental Health.

This information has been contributed by Dr Katrine Del Villar.