This seminar series brings guest speakers to the Faculty of Law to stimulate the discussion of issues related to the intersection of law with health care and related ethical and social issues.

The series is organized by the Health Law and Policy Group and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy

All Seminars are held at 84 Queen’s Park, Falconer Hall, Solarium, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM unless otherwise indicated.

Lunch will be provided.

2015 - 2016 SCHEDULE

Date of Seminar



September 24
Marc Rodwin
Suffolk University Law School

Conflicts of Interest in Medicine:  Learning from the United States, France and Japan

Commentator:  Dr. Nav Persaud
Associate Scientist Li Ka Shing Knowlede Institute, St. Michael's Hospital and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Univeristy of Toronto

October 15
Jennifer Chandler
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

An offer that cannot be refused?  Coerced consent to treatment in the context of criminal sentencing


October 22
Kate Greasley
Stowell Junior Research Fellow in Law
University of Oxford
Abortion, Feminism, and ‘Traditional’ Moral Philosophy 
October 29
 Matthew Herder
Associate Professor
Faculties of Medicine and Law
Dalhousie University

In Dialogue: Transparency and Fraud in Pharmaceutical Regulation

November 19
Talha Syed
Assistant Professor
Berkeley Law
University of California

The Pharmaceutical Patent Paradox: Weak Patents for an Industry Needing Strong Protection

Joint seminar with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy

January 14

Bartha Knoppers
Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, and
Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy, Faculty of Medicine
McGill University

Data Sharing and Human Rights

Commentator:  Dr. Thomas J. Hudson, President and Scientific Director, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Faculty of Medicine, Depts. of Medical Biophysics and Molecular Genetics

February 11

Frank Pasquale
Francis King Carey School of Law
University of Maryland

Data Acquisition and Consent:  Best Practices for an Era of Learning Health Care System

Commentator:  Michael Da Silva, SJD Candidate, University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

Joint seminar with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy

March 3
Carl H. Coleman
Setaon Hall University 
School of Law
Physicians and Freedom of Speech

March 17
Michelle Mello
Faculties of Law and Medicine
Stanford University
Expediting Resolution of Medical Malpractice Claims: the Role of Judges

See past workshops