DR Carolyn Johnston

DR Carolyn Johnston


  • Academic, Law
  • health law (advance decisions, best interests)



  • Dr Carolyn Johnston is Senior Research Fellow in law and biotechnology.

    Carolyn joined Melbourne Law School as a senior research fellow in October 2017 and will be working alongside Professor Jane Kaye to build collaborations between Melbourne Law School and the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct.
    Before joining Melbourne Law School Carolyn was Adviser in Medical Law & Ethics at King's College London, School of Medicine and Senior Lecturer Kingston University London, UK. She has extensive experience of teaching health law and ethics to to undergraduate and postgraduate students and to clinicians and is regularly asked to speak at conferences on health law and clinical ethics. She is Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Her coauthored textbook 100 Cases in Clinical Ethics and Law (Johnston , Bradbury, 2016 Boca Raton US CRC Press) was Highly Commended in the Basis of Medicine Category, British Medical Association Book Awards 2016.

    In her role with the Institute of Medical Ethics she was involved with the revision of the core curriculum for medical ethics and law in UK medical Schools.

    Carolyn has worked for the UK Clinical Ethics Network providing training and support for members of Clinical Ethics Committees in the UK. She was Vice Chair of the Guy's and St Thomas' Clinical Ethics Advisory Group and a member of 2 NHS Trust Clinical Ethics Committees in London. In 2010 she established the King's College London Student Clinical Ethics Committee.

    Carolyn's research focuses on the law and genetic information and  legal framework for biobanks and data sharing networks, advance decision making and narratives informing best interest decision making for adults lacking capacity .



Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • (2018) University of Melbourne Networked Society Institute (NSI) Grant - 'Regulation of personalised digital closed loop systems to manage diabetes in children'   


Education and training

  • PhD, Kingston University 2011
  • MA, King's College London 1997
  • LLM, University of Cambridge 1988
  • 'SFE, The College of Law 1983
  • LLB (Hons), Kingston University 1982

Awards and honors

  • Senior Fellow HEA, Higher Education Academy, 2016