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Christopher Rudge

Law lecturer, University of Sydney

Dr Christopher Rudge is a lecturer in private law at Sydney Law School and a member of Sydney Health Law. Christopher has degrees in arts and law. Christopher has a broad network of research collaborators in the sciences and social sciences across the world. His research analyses legal issues relevant to the regulation of innovative medical technologies, including genome editing (somatic and germline cells; CRISPR, TALENs and ZFN-based systems), stem cell-based interventions (including extracellular vesicles) and other innovative medical treatments in Australia.

Christopher was previously (2021) postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tasmania's Centre for Law and Genetics under supervision of Distinguished Professor Dianne Nicol, Chair of the NHMRC Embryo Licensing Committee. Together with other researchers, they held the first citizens' jury on genome editing in the world. This was a project devoted to developing legal policy about genome editing in Australia. See

Before then (2019), Christopher was postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne. There he worked under supervision of Professor Megan Munsie, Convenor of Stem Cells Australia, on a project investigating the regulation and governance of autologous stem cell therapies in Australia and globally.

In 2018, Christopher conducted a major review of the scope of disciplinary powers exercisable by the NSW medical regulator under the relevant health practitioner law. I have also published original research on the history and politics of novel psychiatric devices, including the e-meter and telepsychiatric devices. I have also published work on the legal frameworks regulating stem cell interventions in Australia and internationally.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer (Law), University of Sydney Law School
  • 2020–2022
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Community response to Genome Editing), Centre for Law and Genetics, University of Tasmania Law School
  • 2019–2020
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Ethics, Law and Social Implications of Stem Cell Science), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne
  • 2017–2019
    Research Associate, University of Sydney Law School
  • 2018–2019
    Research Officer, Medical Council of NSW


  • 2017 
    College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • 2015 
    University of Sydney, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of Sydney, LLB
  • 2006 
    University of Sydney, BA (Hons 1)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Improving decisions about access to stem cell interventions
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Medical Research Future Fund Stem Cell Therapies Mission
  • 2017
    Short-term Project to Publication Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Biopolitics of Science Reserarch Network
  • Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law