Centre for Law and Genetics

Lisa Eckstein

Dr Lisa Eckstein - CLG Member

Phone: +61 3 6226 2773

Email: Lisa.Eckstein@utas.edu.au


Dr Eckstein has a broad range of policy and law reform experience in Australia and internationally. In 2010, she moved to Washington D.C. to undertake a Doctorate of Juridical Science (S.J.D) at Georgetown University Law Center under the supervision of Larry Gostin on the responsible use of race and ethnicity in medical research. After completing her doctorate, Dr Eckstein was appointed as a post-doctoral fellow with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Department of Bioethics . The fellowship provided invaluable exposure to emerging issues in medical research and genetics research, including through extensive multidisciplinary, scholarly research, and participation in the research ethics consultation service.

Dr Eckstein joined the CLG in February 2014. She brings with her a grounded knowledge of ethical, legal and social issues informed by her experiences at the NIH, in addition to positions:

  • as a policy analyst at the Commonwealth Department of Health, NSW Ministry for Science and Medical Research, and the NSW Department of Health.
  • as a legal officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission, where she worked on three key inquiries: privacy law and practice, secrecy laws and family violence.
  • as a legal adviser to the Samoan Law Reform Commission, assisting on their first report to the Samoan Government—a review of the Samoan Criminal Code.

Dr Eckstein serves on the University of Tasmania Health and Medical HREC.

Research Interests

Genetic research; disclosure of secondary research findings; governance of clinical research: data monitoring issues and governance of highly novel investigational products; informed consent; promoting consent in vulnerable populations; role of race and ethnicity in biomedical research.

Current Projects


Numerous faculty members at the NIH Department