Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Richman Wee

LLB (Otago, 1993) Grad Dip in Arts (Moral Philosophy) (University of Auckland, 2003) LLM (Houston Health Law Center, University of Houston, 1996)

Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (1993)

Richman provides comments and advice on the legal, ethical and policy issues about the use of human tissue and personal information for health research, as well as clinical/research initiatives involving genomic studies. He is interested in the consent process and the interpretation and communication of information of genomic sequences in research or clinical care contexts. He is a researcher and the project manager at the Law Foundation-sponsored Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, University of Otago. He initiated the proposal for the recently established multidisciplinary Centre for Society, Governance and Science (SoGoS) that is led by the Faculty of Law, University of Otago. He is an editorial board member for the new electronic-journal ‘Society, Governance and Science’, a member of the Ethics and Social Issues Committee, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the University of Auckland’s Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research. He was the first policy advisor for the Health Research Council of NZ (1999 – 2004) and the project manager and one of the researchers for the NZ Law Foundation-sponsored Human Genome Research Project ‘Law, Ethics and Policy for the Future’ (2004 – 2009). He has served as the legal member and chair for the NZ Multi-Region Ethics Committee, appointed by the Minister of Health (2007 – 2011). He has been granted a University of Otago PhD scholarship to examine the legal, ethical and policy issues relating to biobanks internationally and for NZ.

Research Interests

Health law, health research ethics and policy

Contact Details

Tel: +64 3 479 8862
Mob: +64 21 623 622
Office: 10th Floor - 10C10


Wee, R., Henaghan, M., & Winship., I. (Accepted and forthcoming (December 2013)) ‘Dynamic Consent’ in the Digital Age of Biology: Part 2.

Wee, R. (Accepted and forthcoming (September 2013)) ‘Dynamic Consent’ in the Digital Age of Biology: Part 1.

Wee, R. (2011) Disclosure of genetic information to at-risk relatives: privacy law and professional guidance in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 3(3):237-239

Green, A., Henaghan, M., & Wee, R. (2008) The introduction of a statutory experimental use exemption in New Zealand: Evidence of a need for change. Journal of International Biotechnology Law, 5(4):133-137

Wee, R., & Dobbs, K. (2007) “Legal issues relating to newborn screening” in Henaghan, M. (Principal Investigator), Genes, Society and the Future: Vol I (pp. 259-295). Human Genome Research Project, Dunedin. Also available at Social Science Research Network.

Wee, R. (2002) In that case. A multi-national pharmaceutical company wishes to recruit some of your patients to a pharmacogenetic study. Response. NZ Bioeth J, 3(2):31-32.