Professor Thomas Faunce

Professor
BA LLB (Hons) (ANU). BMed (Newcastle) PhD (ANU; JG Crawford Prize)
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Research Theme

Research interests

Renewable Energy Technology, General International Law, Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Rule of Law Reform, Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Biography

Professor Thomas Faunce is an expert in health law and nanotechnology regulation, as well as the impact on those areas of trade and investment agreements; areas where he has been awarded five Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants.

Thomas was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to investigate how nanotechnology could help solve the great public health and environmental problems of our time. This has led him to research governance issues surrounding the globalisation of artificial photosynthesis to make every road, house and vehicle on the earth’s surface make renewable fuel and fertilizer. This is achieved by using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen while absorbing atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

His research here is focused on developing a Global Project on Artificial Photosynthesis to help promote environmental sustainability. Thomas has coordinated major international conferences on these themes. Professor Faunce holds a joint position in the ANU College of Law and the ANU Medical School (where he chairs the Professionalism and Leadership Theme). He sits on the ANU central Research Ethics Committee and on the ACT Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal for health professional matters.

Appointments

  • Professor jointly in ANU College of Law (Bioethics, Health Law and Human Rights) and ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment (Chair, Professionalism and Leadership, Medical School).
  • ANU Central Human Reserach Ethics Committee, member
  • ACT Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (ACAT), Senior Member
  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow

In the Media

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Aug
2016
Thomas Faunce writes in World Economic Forum Agenda
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Jun
2016
Thomas Faunce quoted in Nine News website
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Jun
2016
Thomas Faunce interviewed by ABC's PM Program
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Aug
2015
Thomas Faunce speaks to ABC Radio
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Sep
2014
Thomas Faunce speaks to ABC Radio National
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Sep
2014
Thomas Faunce comments in ABC Radio National
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Sep
2014
Thomas Faunce speaks to ABC Radio
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Aug
2014
Thomas Faunce talks to ABC Radio National

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Professor Thomas Faunce is an expert in health law and nanotechnology regulation, as well as the impact on those areas of trade and investment agreements; areas where he has been awarded five Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants.

Thomas was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to investigate how nanotechnology could help solve the great public health and environmental problems of our time. This has led him to research governance issues surrounding the globalisation of artificial photosynthesis to make every road, house and vehicle on the earth’s surface make renewable fuel and fertilizer. This is achieved by using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen while absorbing atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

His research here is focused on developing a Global Project on Artificial Photosynthesis to help promote environmental sustainability. Thomas has coordinated major international conferences on these themes. Professor Faunce holds a joint position in the ANU College of Law and the ANU Medical School (where he chairs the Professionalism and Leadership Theme). He sits on the ANU central Research Ethics Committee and on the ACT Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal for health professional matters.

Currently supervising

I am currently not supervising any higher degree research students

Research interests

Renewable Energy Technology, General International Law, Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment of the Poor, Climate Change and Natural Disasters, Rule of Law Reform, Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Philosophy & approach

Some basic principles:  See your time in this world as a journey towards personal truth. Be flat out committed to excellence as a way of knowing what you're naturally gifted at, but also to maximise the chances of your work benefitting others. By reading biographies you can learn without so many painful personal experiences. Books can be your good friends. I recommend reading Brian Greene's 'Fabric of the Cosmos' especially on string theory and the mulitiverse. Also Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Deep North,' as well as Hay's translation of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations. The particle-wave duality of quantum physics replicates as thinking egotistically and altruistically respectfully. Individuals and societies  become virtuous. through consistent application of universally applicable principles (read Immanuel Kant's Introduction to the Groundwork of Metaphysics and Introduction to the Doctrine of Virtue). In our transition to the sustainocene, the widening of human sympathy will involve environmental sustainability becoming a foundational social virtue alongside justice, equity and respect for human dignity. The establishment of virtue and expression of conscience are linked in a process that culminates in realising through meditation that at some fundamental level you and what appears through sensory experience to exist externally to you, are one, Science and morality are based on the fact that true statements about reality don't have to correlate with sensory experience. That the Cosmos is seeking to conspire with you to do something that fulfils your natural capacities and helps the world is a hypothesis you can test. The big question about your career then becomes 'what am I meant to do'- a much deeper question than 'what can I do?' or "what do I want to do?' I would always lean to studying what you love, not what is expected or likely to be lucrative.

How my works connects with public policy

Submissions to inquiries and consultancies

  1. Faunce TA and Bruce A Regulation of Nanomaterials in Australia Dept. Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education Aug 2012
  2. Faunce TA International Governance of Essential Medicines AusAid April 2012
  3. UNESCO Global Health Law and Bioethics Database Mtg Nairobi Kenya March 2009.
  4. Health and the Law. Hot Topics-Legal Issues in Plain Language.No64 State Library of NSW 2008.
  5. Consultancy with UNESCO. Global Ethics and Law Database. Australian Contribution 2006-2007.
  6. Consultancy with NSW Science Department on Innovative Medicines June 2006 (with Prof David Henry and Dr Evan Doran)
  7. Faunce TA written submission to Senate Inquiry on PBS legislation 2010.
  8. Faunce TA written submission to Senate Inquiry on Pharmaceutical Promotion 2010
  9. Faunce TA written submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. SubInquiry into whistleblowing protections within the Australian Government public sector. September 2008.
  10. Faunce TA Written and oral submission to National Health Act (Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Cost Recovery) Bill 2008) 28 July 2008
  11. Faunce TA Written Submission to Dept Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT]Review of Export Policies and  Programs 11 May 2008
  12. Faunce TA Written and oral submission to National Health Act (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) Bill 2007 June 2007 Australian Senate Community Affairs Committee.
  13. Faunce TA. Submission to Senate Economics Legislation Committee Bill Inquiry: Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill August 2006
  14. Faunce TA, Bambrick H and Johnston K oral submission to Review of Blood Fractionation Arrangements under the AUSFTA. Peninsula Room, National Library of Australia Wednesday July 12 2006
  15. Faunce TA Johnston K Submission to Cth and NZ Inquiry into Trans-Tasman Therapeutic Products Agency May 2006.
  16. Faunce TA, M Walton (USyd), C Stewart (MaqU), M Parker (UQld) Submission on medical ethics to Department of Education and Training Medical Education Inquiry May 2006
  17. Bambrick H, Faunce TA, Johnston K Written submission to Review of Blood Fractionation Arrangements under the AUSFTA April 2006
  18. Faunce TA, Oral Presentation to Senate Committee on Health Impacts of Workplace Exposure to Toxic Dusts Thursday 10 November 2005
  19. Submission on Advisability of Senate Inquiry into Health Impacts of Sandblasting in Australia January 2005.
  20. South East Area Health Service, advice on establishing a Clinical Ethics Committee, Presentation, 34 Lowe St Queanbeyan October 27
  21. TA Faunce, D Henry, P Drahos, M Goddard “The FTA and the PBS. A Submission to the Senate Select Committee on the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement May 2004.
  22. Senate Select Committee of the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Round table by Invitation on the PBS 21 June 2004. Australian Senate.
  23. Labor Caucus Presentation on Effect of US-Australia Free Trade Agreement on the PBS 22 June 2004.
  24. Assistance to Dr Gerard McLaren in presentations to Grand Rounds at The Canberra Hospital, the ACT Medical Board and Ombudsman’s Office Involving Whistleblowing allegations concerning neurosurgical services at the Canberra Hospital.
  25. Consultancy with ACT Department of Justice and Community Services concerning advance directives and powers of Attorney September 23 2003 and submission to Inquiry May 2004.
  26. Consultancy with Rural Medical Practitioners in Young and Bega for ANUMS-August 2002.
  27. Member of Drafting Committee for ACT Health Care Bill of Rights June 2002.
  28. Advice to Federal Parliamentary Committee investigating Legislation on Stem Cell Research May 2002.
  29. Member of the working group of the ANUTECH Research Committee, developing guidelines, policies and procedures on innovation, intellectual property and the commercialisation of research and discovery at ANU, 2002
  30. Redrafting the guidelines of the John James Private Hospital Ethics Committee on approving surrogacy arrangements with Dr Martin Stafford–Bell, Director, Canberra Fertility Centre, 2001-2002
  31. Participant in drafting discussions with ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety concerning proposed Health Care (Medical Treatment) Amendment Bill, 2000
  32. Member of the Clinical Ethics Committee Working Party, involved in redrafting the Canberra Hospital consent to medical treatment form, 1999–2000
  33. Advice to Australian Senate Committee Enquiry into Genetic Privacy and Discrimination Legislation, 1999
  34. Advised the Australian Health Ethics Committee and Australian Academy of Science on legislation concerning human reproductive cloning, 1998
  35. Participated in the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Ethics and Public Health Committee (EPHC) for the development of  the AMA’s Position Statement on Genetic Issues, 1998
  36. Submission to UNESCO Secretariat concerning its Draft Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, 1997

ACT Civil and ADministrative Appeals Tribunal

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Decision May 2014

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