Lisa Eckstein

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Lisa Eckstein

Research Integrity Advisor

Room 2.21, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2064 (phone)

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Dr Lisa Eckstein is a Lecturer in Law and Medicine/Health Law in the Faculty of Law. Her area of specialisation is the ethical and legal implications of genetic and other medical research.


Before joining the University of Tasmania Lisa completed a her Masters of Health Law at the University of Sydney, a Doctor of Juridical Science at Georgetown University Law Centre and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
SJDResearching Race Responsibly: Engaging Minority Racial and Ethnic Groups and Their Members in United States Biomedical Research RegulationGeorgetown University Law CenterUnited States2012
MHLThe Regulatory Issues and Legal Challenges of Synthetic BiologyUniversity of SydneyAustralia2010
LLB University of New South WalesAustralia2003
BScGeneticsUniversity of New South WalesAustralia2003


Professional practice

Admission to the Supreme Court of New South Wales – May 2007


Member, Georgetown University Centre of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation Interest Group in Health and Science Literacy - 2013 – present


Law and health, Law and medical research, Medical ethics

Teaching responsibility

Law and Ethics of Health Care (LAW695)

Torts (LAW256)

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Lisa's particular research interests include strategies for gaining and assessing participant consent, the disclosure of genetic research findings, clinical trial monitoring, and racially targeted biomedical research.

Research Themes

Lisa's research aligns with the UTAS strategic themes of Better Health. Her research interests include strategies for gaining and assessing participant consent, the disclosure of genetic research findings, clinical trial monitoring, and racially targeted biomedical research.

Fields of Research

  • Law (180199)
  • Legal Ethics (220105)
  • Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
  • Causes and Prevention of Crime (160201)
  • Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Medical Genetics (excl. Cancer Genetics) (110311)
  • Medical Ethics (220106)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Genomics (060408)
  • Intellectual Property Law (180115)
  • Social and Community Psychology (170113)
  • Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711)
  • Natural Language Processing (080107)

Research Objectives

  • Justice and the Law (940499)
  • Law Reform (940405)
  • Technological Ethics (950408)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Criminal Justice (940403)
  • Crime Prevention (940402)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Cancer and Related Disorders (920102)
  • Health (929999)
  • Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) (920199)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Disability and Functional Capacity (920403)
  • Legislation, Civil and Criminal Codes (940407)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Technological and Organisational Innovation (910406)
  • Bioethics (950401)
  • Health Inequalities (920206)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Technology (970110)


Total publications


Journal Article

(16 outputs)
2019Eckstein L, 'Assessing the legal duty to use or disclose interim data for ongoing clinical trials', Journal of Law and the Biosciences pp. 1-39. ISSN 2053-9711 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jlb/lsz012/5549623 [eCite] [Details]


2019Nicol D, Eckstein L, Bentzen HB, Borry P, Burgess M, et al., 'Consent insufficient for data release', Science, 364, (6439) pp. 446. ISSN 0036-8075 (2019) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1126/science.aax7509 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Nicol D; Chalmers D


2019Jeanneret R, Spiranovic C, Eckstein L, McWhirter R, Arstein-Kerslake A, et al., 'Enhancing early detection of cognitive impairment in the criminal justice system: feasibility of a proposed method', Current Issues in Criminal Justice pp. 1-15. ISSN 1034-5329 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2018.1556283 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jeanneret R; Spiranovic C; McWhirter R; Arstein-Kerslake A; Scanlan J; Kirkby K; Vickers JC


2018Eckstein L, Chalmers D, Critchley C, Jeanneret R, McWhirter R, et al., 'Australia: regulating genomic data sharing to promote public trust', Human Genetics, 137, (8) pp. 583-591. ISSN 1432-1203 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00439-018-1914-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Chalmers D; Critchley C; Jeanneret R; McWhirter R; Nielsen J; Otlowski M; Nicol D


2018Eckstein L, Otlowski M, 'Strategies to guide the return of genomic research findings: an Australian perspective', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 15, (3) pp. 403-415. ISSN 1176-7529 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11673-018-9856-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Otlowski M


2018McWhirter RE, Eckstein L, 'Moving forward on consent practices in Australia', Journal of Bioethical Inquiry: an interdisciplinary forum for ethical and legal debate, 15, (2) pp. 243-257. ISSN 1176-7529 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11673-018-9843-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: McWhirter RE


2017Eckstein L, Kim SYH, 'Criteria for decision-making capacity: between understanding and evidencing a choice', JLM, 24, (3) pp. 678-694. ISSN 1320-159X (2017) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 30137765 [eCite] [Details]


2017Nicol D, Eckstein L, Morrison M, Sherkow JS, Otlowski M, et al., 'Key challenges in bringing CRISPR-mediated somatic cell therapy into the clinic', Genome Medicine, 9, (1) Article 85. ISSN 1756-994X (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1186/s13073-017-0475-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Nicol D; Otlowski M; Burdon KP; Chalmers D; Charlesworth J; Dickinson JL; Hewitt AW; Mackey DA; Nielsen J; McWhirter RE


2016Eckstein L, Chalmers D, 'Is Australia well equipped to deal with future clinical trials ?', Journal of Law and Medicine, 24 pp. 337-341. ISSN 1320-159X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Chalmers D


2015Eckstein L, 'Regulatory Challenges of Synthetic Biology Trials and Other Highly Innovative Investigational Products', Macquarie Law Journal, 15 pp. 65-81. ISSN 1839-373X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 5


2015Eckstein LG, 'Building a More Connected DSMB: Better Integrating Ethics Review and Safety Monitoring', Accountability in Research: policies and quality assurance, 22, (2) pp. 81-105. ISSN 0898-9621 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08989621.2014.919230 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5


2015Grady C, Eckstein LG, Berkman B, Brock D, Cook-Deegan R, et al., 'Broad consent for research with biological samples: workshop conclusions', American Journal of Bioethics, 15, (9) pp. 34-42. ISSN 1526-5161 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1062162 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 97Web of Science - 91


2014Berkman BE, Hull S, Eckstein LG, 'The Unintended Implications of Blurring the Line between Research and Clinical Care in a Genomic Age', Personalized Medicine, 11, (3) pp. 285-295. ISSN 1741-0541 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2217/PME.14.3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 12


2014Eckstein L, Garret JR, Berkman BE, 'A framework for analyzing the ethics of disclosing genetic research findings', Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 42, (2) pp. 190-207. ISSN 1748-720X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jlme.12135 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 19


2012Eckstein LG, 'Engaging Racial and Ethnic Groups in the Regulation of Research: Lessons from Research in Emergency Settings', Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, 12, (1) pp. 1-34. ISSN 1534-7907 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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2011Eckstein LG, 'Beyond Racial and Ethnic Analyses in Clinical Research: A Proposed Model for Institutional Review Boards', Food and Drug Law Journal, 66, (2) pp. 243-265. ISSN 1064-590X (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 1

Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
2018Otlowski M, Eckstein L, McWhirter R, 'Regulation of Genetic Testing', Health Law in Australia, Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia, B White, F McDonald, L Willmott (ed), Australia, pp. 839-874. ISBN 9780455238753 (2018) [Revised Book Chapter]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Otlowski M; McWhirter R


2017Otlowski MFA, Eckstein LG, 'Genetic privacy', Tensions and Traumas in Health Law, The Federation Press, I Freckelton, K Petersen (ed), Australia, pp. 283-296. ISBN 9781760021498 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Otlowski MFA


2016Berkman BE, Zachary ES, Eckstein L, Pike ER, 'The Ethics of Large-Scale Genomic Research', Ethical Reasoning in Big Data, Springer, J Collmann, and SA Matei (ed), Switzerland, pp. 53-69. ISBN 978-3-319-28422-4 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28422-4_5 [eCite] [Details]


2013Eckstein LG, 'Searching for a role for genomics in the right to health', Advancing the Human Right to Health, Oxford University Press, Jose M. Zuniga, Stephen P. Marks, and Lawrence O. Gostin (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-0-19-966161-9 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661619.003.0027 [eCite] [Details]


Conference Publication

(3 outputs)
2014Eckstein LG, 'Multidisciplinary Dilemmas: The Relationship between Race and Genetics', American Health Law Professors Conference, June 8, United States (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Eckstein LG, Berkman B, Garrett J, 'Working Towards a Consensus on the Return of Genomic Research Findings', Australian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference, July 14th, Sydney (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Eckstein LG, 'Creating an Evidence-Base for the Regulation of Race-Based Biomedical Research: A Quantitative Approach', Eighth Cornell Law School Inter-University Graduate Conference, April 12, United States (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Grants & Funding

Lisa is currently working on a UTAS Research Enhancement Grant project  Improving informed consent in research to protect participants.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Reforming the Regulatory Environment for Innovative Health Technologies (2018 - 2021)$628,576
Australian Research Council ($628,576)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nicol D; Nielsen JL; Eckstein LG; Stewart C
2018 - 2021
Grant Reference
Genomic Data Sharing: Issues in Law, Research Ethics and Society (2018 - 2021)$614,454
Australian Research Council ($614,454)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nicol D; Otlowski MFA; Critchley C; Eckstein LG; Nielsen JL; Chalmers DRC
2018 - 2021
Grant Reference
Enhancing Early Detection of Cognitive Impairment in the Criminal Justice System (2017)$5,299
This project scopes a research design to develop a method to enhance early detection of cognitive impairment.
University of Tasmania ($5,299)
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Spiranovic CA; Eckstein LG; McWhirter R; Kirkby KC; Watters P; Vickers JC; Bindoff AD
Improving informed consent in research to protect participants (2014)$22,000
University of Tasmania ($22,000)
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McWhirter R; Eckstein LG

Research Supervision




PhDTranslating Public Trust to Law Reform Through Australian Genomic Data Sharing Scenarios2018
PhDThe Role of Data Access Committees and Research Ethics Committees in Setting the Boundaries of Genomic Data Sharing2019