Instructor(s): John Risk

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7537HF.

This course is about how legislation and regulatory practice come together to protect vulnerable seniors in different care settings. These settings include care in the home and in the community, and care in hospitals, retirement homes and long-term care homes. The course will begin with an overview of the legislation that applies to delivering care to seniors. It will then focus on individual care settings and the protections that apply in them. The course then moves to regulation, dealing with practical aspects such as licensing, inspection, enforcement and appeals. It will also introduce different approaches to regulation, for example risk-based regulation, ‘regulatory craft’ and public health and other preventative approaches. The next part of the course will be a series of case studies to explore issues in the application of legislation and regulatory tools. Potential case studies are the prevention of resident-to-resident abuse, regulating the administration of drugs to seniors, and the conduct of a licensing appeal or prosecution. Time permitting, the course will look at international comparisons and current challenges in regulating seniors’ care, for example protecting access to care and affordability, design of regulatory regimes, and when and how to regulate emerging models of care. The course will include guest lecturers on specific topics. This course will appeal to students with an interest in consumer protection, regulation or health law.

Class participation 20% (10% contributions to class discussion and 10% for a short presentation on an issue from a previous class, which may be individual or in groups of 2-3), 10% for a 750 – 1,000 word essay proposal, and 70% for the final essay of 6,000 words.

At a Glance

First Term


8 JD
4 DLSPH, 4 MSW, 4 IHPME, 3 Osgoode students


T: 6:10 - 8:00