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George F. Tomossy

George F. TomossyPositions: Senior Lecturer
Tel: +61-2-9850 7865
Fax: +61-2-9850 7686
Email: george.tomossy@mq.edu.au
Location: W3A 510


 

Profile

George Tomossy is a Senior Lecturer at the Macquarie Law School, and a Barrister and Solicitor of the Bar of Ontario (Canada). George's principal research interests include research ethics and regulation, health governance, and the health/environment nexus. He is involved in various capacity building projects for sustainable development, publication projects and supervision of higher degree research students.

He has edited a number of books - Globalisation and Health (Springer 2006), Human Experimentation and Research (Ashgate 2003) and a three-volume collection on Aging (Springer 2001) - and has published in leading peer reviewed Journals, including: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Health Law Journal, Monash Bioethics Review, and The Lancet.

He was Director of Learning and Teaching for the Macquarie Law School from 2011-2014, Chair of the University's Partnerships and Infrastructure Panel from 2011-14, and a Member of Academic Senate in 2014.  He continues to be involved in academic governance and is deeply engaged with strategic research and internationalisation initiatives, including in particular capacity building projects in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

Qualifications

ARCT (Toronto), BSc(Hons) (Toronto), LLB (McGill)

Awards

Teaching Responsibilities 

George convenes and teaches in the following units in undergraduate (LLB) and postgraduate (JD, LLM, MILGPP) programs offered by the Macquarie Law School:

  • LAW 115 and LAWS600 - Foundations of Law
  • LAWS571 Health Law and Ethics
  • LAWS812 - Independent Research Project in Law, Governance and Policy

Research Interests for Prospective MRes and PhD Candidates

Health Law and Bioethics; Research Ethics and Regulation; Globalisation and Public Health; Elder Law; Tort Law; Legal Governance; Capacity Building in Developing Countries; Health, Human Rights and the Environment.

Selected Research Publications and Grants

Edited Books and Journal Special Issues

  1. Bennett & G.F.  Tomossy, eds.  2006.  Globalization and Health: Challenges for Health Law and Bioethics.  (Vol. 27, International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine) (Dordrecht: Springer) 218 pp. [ISBN: 1-4020-4195-0]
  2. A.  Howe, T.  Carney, G.F.  Tomossy.  2005.  "Ageing and the Future of Elder Care", a special issue of the Australasian Journal on Ageing 24(s1): s1-s59.
  3. G.F.  Tomossy & D.N.  Weisstub, eds.  2003.  Human Experimentation and Research(London: Ashgate Press) 611 pp.  (Part of the series, The International Library of Ethics, Law and Medicine, edited by M.  Freeman.) [ISBN: 0-7456-2226-6]
  4. S. Gauthier & G.F.  Tomossy.  2001.  "Aging", a special double issue of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 24(2/3): 95-333.  [ISSN: 0160-2527 (295)]
  5. D.N.  Weisstub, D.C.  Thomasma, S.  Gauthier & G.F.  Tomossy, eds.  2001.  Aging:  Decisions at the End of Life (Vol.  12, International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine) (Dordrecht: Kluwer) 261 pp.  [ISBN: 1-4020-0182-7]
  6. D.N.  Weisstub, D.C.  Thomasma, S.  Gauthier & G.F.  Tomossy, eds.  2001.  Aging: Caring for our Elders (Vol.  11, International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine) (Dordrecht: Kluwer) 242 pp.  [ISBN: 1-4020-0181-9]
  7. D.N.  Weisstub, D.C.  Thomasma, S.  Gauthier & G.F.  Tomossy, eds.  2001.  Aging: Culture, Health, and Social Change (Vol.  10, International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine) (Dordrecht: Kluwer) 253 pp.  [ISBN: 1-4020-0180-0]   [Korean Translation, Kyomunsa Publishing, 2005, 344 pp.]

Book Chapters

  1. G.F. Tomossy & Z.J. Bending. 2013. Derecho a la salud en Australia. In: Tratado de Derecho a la Salud. Responsabilidad de los Médicos: Tomo III, eds. L Clerico, L. Ronconi & M. Aldao, 3153-3172. Buenos Aires: AbeledoPerrot.
  2. G.F. Tomossy. 2008. Human Rights, Health Care and Biomedical Innovation: Confronting the Research Imperative. In: Autonomy and Human Rights in Health Care: An International Perspective, eds. D.N. Weisstub & G. Diaz-Pintos, 341-352. Dordrecht: Springer.
  3. G.F.  Tomossy.  2006.  Vulnerability in research.  In:  Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law, eds. I. Freckelton & K. Petersen, 534-559.  Federation Press.
  4. G.F.  Tomossy & J.  Ford.  2006.  Globalization and clinical trials: Compensating subjects from developing countries.  In:  Globalization and Health: Challenges for Health Law and Bioethics, eds. B.  Bennett & G.F.  Tomossy, 29-47.  (Vol. 27, International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine, Dordrecht: Springer)
  5. G.F.  Tomossy, D.N.  Weisstub & S.  Gauthier.  2001.  Research involving cognitively impaired elderly subjects: Canada as a case study.  In:  Aging: Decisions at the End of Life, eds.  D.N.  Weisstub, D.C.  Thomasma, S.  Gauthier & G.F.  Tomossy, 227-54.  Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press. 
  6. D.N.  Weisstub, J.  Arboleda-Florez & G.F.  Tomossy.  2001.  La recherche auprès les populations vulnérables.  In: L'éthique de la recherche, Vol.  3 - Les populations vulnérables, eds.  D.N.  Weisstub, C.  Mormont et C.  Hervé, 5-38.  Paris: L'Harmattan.
  7. G.F.  Tomossy & D.N.  Weisstub.  2001.  La recherche «consensuelle» avec les adultes cognitivement diminués.  In: L'éthique de la recherche, Vol.  2 - La régulation de la recherche, eds.  D.N.  Weisstub, C.  Mormont et C.  Hervé, 5-34.  Paris: L'Harmattan.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. G.F. Tomossy, Z.J. Bending & P. Maluga. 2017. Privacy and Metadata: The Hidden Threat to Whistleblowers in Public Health Systems. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health. (Forthcoming).
  2. Z. Bending & G.F. Tomossy. 2011. An Australian Perspective on the Doctor-Patient Relationship:  A Comparative Prelude to Examining Duties of Disclosure in Surgical Innovation.  Health Law Journal 19: 237-54.
  3. J. Johnson, W. Rogers, M. Lotz, C. Townley, D. Meyerson & G.F. Tomossy. 2010. Ethical Challenges of Innovative Surgery: A Response to the IDEAL Recommendations. The Lancet 376: 1113-5.
  4. G.F. Tomossy. 2008. Defining Research. Monash Bioethics Review 27(4): 52-61.
  5. T.A. Faunce & G.F. Tomossy. 2005. The UK House of Commons Report on the Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry: Lessons for equitable access to medicines in Australia. Monash Bioethics Review 24(2) 38-42.
  6. J. Ford & G. Tomossy. 2004. Clinical trials in developing countries: The plaintiff's challenge. Law, Social Justice & Global Development Journal (LGD) - Special Issue on "Global Health" 2004(1), < http://elj.warwick.ac.uk/global/issue/2004-1/fordtomossy.html >.
  7. G.F.  Tomossy.  2002.  Regulating ethics or ethical regulation? The importance of both internal and external governance of human experimentation.  Monash Bioethics Review 21(4): 59-65.
  8. G.F.  Tomossy.  2001.  Regulating ethical research: Canadian developments.  Monash Bioethics Review 20(4): 67-81.
  9. G.F.  Tomossy & D.N.  Weisstub.  1997.  The reform of adult guardianship laws: The case of non-therapeutic experimentation.  International Journal of Law and Psychiatry - Special Issue on "Competency" 20(1): 113-40. 
  10. D.N.  Weisstub, J.  Arboleda-Florez & G.F.  Tomossy.  1996.  Establishing the boundaries of ethically permissible research with special populations.  1996.  Health Law in Canada 17(2): 45-63.

Competitive Research Grants Awarded

  1. S. Alam & G.F. Tomossy. 2016-17 Building Capacity for Sustainable Forest Governance in Indonesia (Australian Awards Fellowships, Round 16, DFAT)
  2. S. Alam & G.F. Tomossy. 2013-14. Building Capacity for Effective Negotiation and Participation in International Treaties in Bangladesh (Australian Leadership Awards, Round 14, DFAT).
  3. S. Alam & G.T. Tomossy. 2012-13. Capacity Building for Trade, Environment and Development in Bangladesh (Australian Leadership Awards, Round 12, DFAT).
  4. W. Rogers, J. Johnson, C. Townley, S. Sheridan, A. Ballantyne, M. Lotz, D. Meyerson, G.F. Tomossy, T. Eyers, G. Madderrn & C. Thomson. 2011-2014.  On the Cutting Edge: Promoting Best Practice in Surgical Innovation (Australian Research Council, LP110200217).