Instructor(s): Trudo Lemmens

For graduate students, the course number is LAW6001Y.

Note: Students cannot take more than one workshop for credit in a given year.

Schedule: See seminar series dates here:

The Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto runs a regular Health Law workshop that meets on average every three weeks throughout the academic year. Students are welcome to attend and those who wish to may also take the seminar for academic credit.

The Workshop attracts both speakers and participants from a wide range of disciplines as well as from a wide range of institutions. The goal is to introduce students to a variety of interdisciplinary approaches (incorporating law, bioethics, philosophy, political science, economy, etc.) and to explore contemporary issues in health law, ethics and policy such as decriminalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, the regulation of assisted human reproduction and new genetic technologies, the criminalization of the non-disclosure of HIV status, constitutional challenges related to health care, the regulation of the profession, health and human rights, the need for regulation of long-term care facilities, access to essential medicines, the use of health-related scientific evidence in the courts and in policy making, compulsory treatment of the mentally ill, disclosure of pharmaceutical trial data, the role of class action litigation to promote drug safety, public health law and the threat of pandemic influenza, the role of law in improving the health of Indigenous peoples, and more.

Students must attend all seminars (approximately 8). One additional meeting may be organized to discuss the seminar series and comment papers. In addition, students will prepare four short written papers (1,500 words each maximum) on the topic of the seminar presentation, normally a critical reflection on a paper written or recommended by the speaker. Evaluation will be based on this written work (80%) and on participation in the seminars (20%). Note: Students must pass both the paper and the participation component to receive credit for the workshop.
Credit note
Credit Note: 1 credit per term
Academic year
2018 - 2019

At a Glance

Both Terms
Perspective course


12 JD
5 Ph.D. Health Policy


First Term Schedule:
Th: 12:30 - 2:00
Second Term Schedule: (Th: 12:30 - 2:00