Life, Love, Law and the Human Genome beyond Gattaca: Regulating genetic privacy and discrimination in the public interest

Date & time

3–4pm Wednesday 21 April 2010


Staff Library, ANU College of Law, Building 5, Fellows Rd, The Australian National University


Professor David Weisbrot


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David Weisbrot is Professor of Law and Governance at Macquarie University and Professor of Legal Policy at the United States Studies Centre. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Law and an Honorary Professorial Fellow in Medicine at the University of Sydney.

David is a Member of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC). From 1999-2009, David was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and presided over 15 major research, analysis and policy development on a range of national inquiries, including one considering the protection of human genetic information. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, an elected Member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), and an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.

David was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2003 for services to law reform, and in 2006 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘service to the law in the areas of law reform, education and access to legal services, and through contributions to research, analysis and policy development on a range of matters of public interest’.

In March 2010. David received the NHMRC’s Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Health and Medical Research (2009-2010) for his body of work at the intersection of law, ethics, health and medicine.


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