Bernadette Richards, BA, LLB (Hons), PhD is Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research), at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She teaches in the areas of medical law and ethics, bioethics and tort law and is the Director of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and the Law, a member of the NHMRC’s Australian Health Ethics Committee, the Embryo Licensing Committee and Chair of the Mitochondrial Donation Expert Working Committee. An active researcher, she has completed major projects on organ donation, consent to treatment and legal issues around innovative surgery. She is a chief investigator of a current National Health and Medical Research Council-funded Partnership Grant, “Strategies for the inclusion of vulnerable populations in developing complex and sensitive public policy: A case study in Advance Care Planning” and is currently writing a book ‘Technology, Healthcare and the Law: An evolving relationship’. She has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters.