Alexandra L. Phelan
Research Assistant, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Adjunct Professor of Law
LL.M. (International Law) (with Merit), Australian National University; B.Biomed.Sc./LL.B. (Hons), Monash University; Dip. Lang. (Mandarin Chinese), Monash University
Alexandra Phelan is an Adjunct Professor in Public Health Law and Ethics, Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate and General Sir John Monash Scholar at...Continue Reading
Alexandra Phelan is an Adjunct Professor in Public Health Law and Ethics, Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate and General Sir John Monash Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Professor Phelan's doctoral research is in the arena of global health and human rights law, with a focus on Australian, Chinese and US laws relating to the human rights and health of vulnerable population groups. In particular, Professor Phelan's doctoral research explores the key legal issues of infectious diseases in the face of pressing global health issues such as climate change, pandemics and refugees.
Professor Phelan completed her Master of Laws (with Merit) at the Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) specializing in international health, human rights and security law. Professor Phelan completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) double degree at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), specializing in international law and health human rights in her legal studies, and infectious diseases in her biomedical science studies. As a passionate linguist, she also holds a Diploma of Languages in Mandarin Chinese from Monash University.
Before commencing her doctoral studies, Professor Phelan was a solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons, where she worked in the climate change law and China groups, and was an active member of the human rights and pro bono law groups. In 2012, Professor Phelan lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Health Organization in the Gender, Equity and Human Rights team, and as legal consultant at the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations). Professor Phelan is an Honorary Associate at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, and has guest lectured at the University of Melbourne Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center and School of Medicine.