About Professor Roger Magnusson

Roger's research interests are: Health law, health policy & Ethics; Public health law and Governance; Health Development; Euthanasia; Privacy, confidentiality & fair information practices; HIV/AIDS and the law; Qualitative interview-based research related to the areas above.

Roger Magnusson is a Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. He has Arts/Law degrees from the Australian National University (1988), and a PhD in law (1994) and a Graduate Diploma in Managing Development (2007) from the University of Melbourne. His research interests are in health law, policy and bioethics, and in public health law and governance, and health development. During the mid 1990s he held a Commonwealth-funded AIDS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and wrote extensively on legal and policy issues associated with HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases. Within the medical law field he has written in the areas of privacy and confidentiality, medical research, human tissue, and human genetics. Within the media law field he has written in the areas of defamation, privacy and breach of confidence, and freedom of speech. In 2002 he published Angels of Death: Exploring the Euthanasia Underground (Melbourne University Press; Yale University Press) which reported on the practice of “underground” physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia among health professionals working in HIV/AIDS health care in Australian cities and in San Francisco. Roger is a member of the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee (TSEAC) of the NHMRC, which advises the Commonwealth Government on the risks posed by Creutzfeldt Jakob disease and variant CJD (the human equivalent of “mad cow disease”). He is also a member of the Advisory Committee to the Australian Law Reform Committee in its recent review of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). Roger is currently working on an Australian Research Council-funded project entitled “Lifestyle wars: law’s role in responding to the challenge of non-communicable diseases”. This project focuses on the opportunities for law in responding to chronic and non-communicable diseases, including those caused by tobacco use and obesity

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