This team focuses on issues such as consent, privacy and sharing of digital health data and human tissue samples, for example in relation to the new Melbourne Biomedical Precinct. We now have 15 members of staff and several PhD students across our Melbourne and Oxford offices. The team has an outstanding track record in high-impact research, international collaboration, involvement in policy making, peer-reviewed publications and grants.

Who owns your DNA?


Our research is interdisciplinary, using tools and methods of investigation and analysis from law and the social sciences. Working alongside scientists enables us to take our academic scholarship and apply it in a testing environment leading to the development of ethical and lawful best practice. By combining the results of these investigations, we can generate insights for more effective policy making. Recommendations developed from our research are legally compliant, based on sound ethical principles and grounded in an understanding of current practice.

Current projects

Current work includes projects on biomodifying technologies, governance of health data in cyberspace, turning the waiting room into a knowledge centre and dynamic consent.


Contact Details

Professor Jane Kaye
Melbourne Law School,
The University of Melbourne,
185 Pelham Street Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: +61 3 9035 8362