PROF Loane Skene

PROF Loane Skene


  • Honorary, Law
  • Abortion
  • Embryo and Stem Cell Research
  • Euthanasia
  • Health Law and Bioethics
  • Law on Genetic Testing
  • Medical Law and Ethics (medical)
  • Medical Research
  • Medico-Legal
  • Ownership of Bodily Material
  • Reproductive Technology
  • Science & Technology Regulation



  • Professor Loane Skene LLD (UMelb), LLM (Mon), LLB (Hons) (UMelb), is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Knowledge Transfer, in the Melbourne Law School and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of The National Health and Medical Research Council and has served on numerous federal and state advisory committees, especially in relation to genetics and the law. In 2005, she was Deputy Chair of the Lockhart Committee on Human Cloning and Embryo Research and became principal spokesperson for the Committee after the sudden death of the Chair, the late Justice Lockhart AO, in January 2006. She is the author of two books on medical law, (including Law and Medical Practice, 3rd ed, LexisNexis Sydney, 2008); and numerous chapters in books and articles in Australian and overseas legal, medical and scientific journals. In 2003, she was awarded a Centenary Medal for ‘Service to Australian Society through the Exploration of Legal and Ethical Issues of Health Care’ and in 2007 she was named by the Australian Financial Review among Australia's most powerful cultural figures.   


Member of

  • Melbourne College of Divinity. Council Member 2008 -
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research. Ethics Committee Member 2006 -
  • Australian and New Zealand Institute of Health, Law and Ethics (ANZIHLE). Board Member 1999 -
  • Supreme Court of Victoria. Barrister & Solicitor 1970 -
  • Australian Health Ethics Committee, NHMRC. Committee Member 2009 - 2010


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Current grants

    2008-2010 ARC Linkage grant: LP0882054, $215,000 with A/Prof CJ Waldby (USyd); A/Prof I Kerridge (USyd); Collaborating/Partner Organisation, Westmead Fertility Services Human Oöcytes for Stem Cell Research: donation and regulation in Australia (administered by USyd)

    2005-2009 ARC Discovery Project Grant DP0559760, $601,597, with Prof DR Chalmers; Dr D Nicol; Prof MF Otlowski; Facilitation and Regulation of Research and Development Involving Human Genetic Databanks (administered by UTas) 

    2006-2007 ARC Linkage International LX0668594, $20,000 with Prof DR Chalmers and others (administered by UTas)

    2005 ARC Research Network Grant, $10,000, with Prof M Otlowski and others (administered by UTas)

    2004-2005 ARC Research Networks Grant: ELSAH (Interdisciplinary Network for Research into the Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Health); $10,000 with C Jordens and others (2005-2005) (Later became Biotechnology, Health and Environment Network: Ethical, Legal and Social Intersections (administered by Griffith University)

    2002-2004 ARC Discovery Project Grant DP0208258, $364,323 with Prof DRC Chalmers, Dr D Nichol, Prof MFA Otlowski, Legal and Ethical Regulation of the Use and Commercialisation of Human Biological Material (administered by UTas)



Education and training

  • LLD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • LLM, Monash University 1985
  • LLB, University of Melbourne 1969

Awards and honors

  • Centenary Medal for ~Service to Australian society through the Exploration of Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care~, Commonwealth of Australia, 2003



Available for supervision

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