Centre for Law and Genetics

Welcome to the Centre for Law and Genetics

The Centre for Law and Genetics ('The Centre' or 'CLG') is based at the School of Law at the University of Tasmania.

Research at the CLG covers the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic technologies and the concept of ‘better health’ for society as a whole.

Members of the CLG work in a number of national and international collaborative teams and welcome the opportunity to further research in the area of law and genetics. Our researchers are experienced supervisors of PhD and Masters projects and expressions of interest for postgraduate studies are welcome.

Contact us about research collaborations and research based higher degrees.

From the Director

PhotoWelcome to the Centre for Law and Genetics (CLG). The CLG was founded in 1994 with the aim of providing a distinctly Australian perspective on the effective governance of genetic and other new technologies in healthcare delivery and biomedical research. I have recently taken over as Director from Dianne Nicol  who served as Director from 2015-2021, in turn, having succeeded Don Chalmers who was our inaugural Director.

Over the past 27 years, we have developed and maintained our mission of high quality, evidence-based research locally, nationally and internationally. Our CLG team has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters. The findings from our major research projects are published in our Occasional Paper series.

In more recent years, the CLG's focus has shifted to new challenges concerning genomic data and innovative health technologies. Through targeted research into these areas, we aim to minimise risks to health and promote the CLG’s overall aim of good health.

In addition to research, the CLG enrols and works closely with postgraduate students to prepare them for successful careers as experts and academics.

Professor Margaret Otlowski

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