Dr Wendy Bonython
School of Law & Justice
Highest Qualification - PhD/JD
HDR Completions – 0
The unifying theme of my research is the legal relationship between private and public entities, and innovation. This principally takes two forms: examining the relationship between public law and technologies, particularly regulation of biotechnologies; and the relationship between private law (principally torts) and innovation, both legal and technological. Human rights, ethics, and human dignity are a particular focus of my research. Topics of specific interest include: mental health, intellectual disability and capacity; genetic privacy; propertisation of biological materials and data; health sector regulation and litigation; Research ethics; regulation of medical technologies; and traditional torts, particularly negligence, nuisance, and trespass. I am also interested in the historical development of present day torts principles, and the developing relationship between torts law and statute, and torts law and international law.
- Bonython, W.E., Arnold, B. (2016) 'When statutory powers distract: involuntary detention and treatment laws, and liability for harm', Monash University Law Review (in press);
- Bonython, W.E., Arnold, B. (2016) 'Beyond the corporeal: extending propertisation of body parts to derivative information', Journal of Law and Medicine (in press);
- Ryan, T., Henderson, A, and Bonython, W.E. (2016) 'Voting with an 'Unsound mind'? A comparative study of the voting rights of persons with mental disabilities', UNSW Law Journal 39(3) (in press);
- Bonython, W.E., and Arnold, B. (2013) 'Disclosure Downunder: misadventures in Australian genetic privacy law', Journal of Medical Ethics 40(3), 168-172.
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Wendy is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.
Areas of Research Interest
- Health and biotechnology law
- Torts law
- Mental health and capacity law
- Research ethics
Research Methods of Interest
- Archival/historical research