Personal details

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then
Associate Professor
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
Discipline *
Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney), Masters of Law (University of Edinburgh)

Professional memberships
and associations

Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is a member of the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research and the Faculty’s Law Lab. She is Theme Leader for the ‘Health, Society and Regulation’ stream within ACHLR and Leader for the ‘Future Health Care’ Stream of the Law Lab.

Australian Centre for Health Law Research:

Law Lab:


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


Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then commenced with the School of Law in 2008. Shih-Ning is a socio-legal academic who 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:

  • guardianship, substituted and supported decision-making
  • regulation of biomedical science
  • artificial reproductive technologies
  • involvement of minors in a health context
  • use of human tissues and tissue donation and transplantation
  • health law.

Shih-Ning was a chief investigator on an ARC funded linkage grant looking at effective decision-making support for people with cognitive disabilities and continues to do interdisciplinary research in this area.   She has been a member of the NHMRC Organ and Tissue Working Committee and has experience as a member of  human research ethics committees and as a member of a clinical ethics consultation service. Shih-Ning is also part of the QUT team funded by the Department of Health that created End of Life Law for Clinicians, a legal education resource for doctors, nurses, medical students, allied health and other health professionals.

Shih-Ning would be interested in supervising PhD students in her areas of expertise and has been Higher Degree Research Coordinator for the Law School since 2018.


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 Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then.


Units currently taught

  • LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor 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

    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Kieran Tranter
  • The Transition to Adulthood of People with Severe Cognitive Impairments in Australia: A Socio-Legal Examination
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Dickson
  • Kaleidoscopic lenses: How can genetic enhancement be ethically distributed
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Andrew McGee, Dr Sam Boyle
  • Regulating Research Integrity
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Fiona McDonald, Dr Peta Stephenson
  • Parental consent and whether it applies in the context of non-therapeutic male circumcision in Australia
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Steph Jowett