Professor Thomas Faunce

BA/LLB(Hons) (ANU) B Med (Newcastle) PhD (ANU- Crawford Prize)
ANU College of Law and ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 0429438396 (hm) 61253563 (wk)

Areas of expertise

  • Nanotechnology 1007
  • International Trade Law 180117
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law 180111
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation 180122

Research interests

Please see my full research profile at the ANU College of Law home page:

My publications can be downloaded from that site.

Global Artificial Photosynthesis Governance (under ARC Future Fellowship and ARC Discovery grant with A/Prof. Alex Bruce; Prof. Nate Lewis (Caltech), Prof Mike Wasielewski (Northwestern); Prof. Dan Nocera (Harvard) Prof. Stenbjorn Styring (Uppsala) and Prof. Wolfgang Lubitz (Max Planck Institute)).

Detecting and Recovering Fraudulently Obtained Public Money in the Pharmaceutical and Health-related Industries (under ARC Discovery Grant)

Aust. Civil Conscription Prohibition as a Population-Based Right

Bioethics and Health Law


Please see full biographical overview at my ANU College of Law homepage.

Graduated Arts/Law (hons) ANU 1982. Member of ANU winning Jessup International Law Mooting team 1981. Associate to Justice Lionel Murphy (HCA) 1983. 1984-5 Barrister and Solicitor Malleson's (Canberra). Solicitor  Freehill Hollingdale and Page (Sydney) 1985-1988. B Med (Newcastle NSW 1992). Intern Wagga Wagga Base Hospital 1993-1995. Residency and Intensive Care Registrar Canberra Hospital 1996-1999. PhD (ANU-Crawford Prize 2001). Senior Registrar Intensive Care Alfred Hospital (Melboutrne) 2002-2003. Joint position in ANU College of Law and Medical School 2003-present. ARC Future Fellow 2010. Chief Investigator on five other ARC Discovery Grants. Member of ACT Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (medical).

Researcher's projects

Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship- nanotechnology and Public Health-Artificial Photosynthesis Governance

ARC Discovery Project on fraud in the pharmaceutical industry

ARC Discovery Project on military nanotechnology

Aust. constitution s51(xxiiiA) civil conscription prohibition as a population-based right

Available student projects

All Bioethics and Health/Medical Law topics; Trade and Investment Agreements and Public Health; Ethics and Law of Whistleblowing; Governance of Global Artificial Photosynthesis and the Sustainocene; Literature/Music and Medicine; Literature/Music and Law; Mindfulness and Tertiary Education; 

Current student projects

Investment of Chinese Wholly State-Owned Corporations in Australian Critical Infrastructure (Jospeh Lee- PhD) Role of Contestability Theory in Neo-Liberal Policies (C Colton -PhD) Biosecurity Legislation and Securitisation (T Vines- PHD); Process Problems in Mandatory Reporting in Indigenous Communities (Lucinda Talyor- honours law); Medicines San Frontiers and Red Cross- Comparison of Medical NGOs (Kailas Johnson -ANUMS Research)

Past student projects

Numerous honours projects in College of Law and Medical School

PhD supervision-5 projects in law and medicine

Research associates in Australian health law (Kellie Johnston; Susannah Jefferys, Kathy Shats, James Bai, Tim Vines, Alex McEwan, E Shirlow).


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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