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 Official Notice Board for published schedule.

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, economics, bioethics, philosophy, political science, etc.) and to explore contemporary issues in health law, ethics and policy such as decriminalization of assisted suicide, the criminalization of the non-disclosure of HIV status, constitutional challenges to one-tier medicare, the regulation of the profession, health and human rights, the need for regulation of long-term care facilities, access to essential medicines, 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 regulation/criminalization of new reproductive therapies, the role of law in improving the health of Aboriginal peoples and more.

Students must attend all seminars (approximately 8) in addition to one or two other meetings throughout the Series to discuss expectations and work in progress. In addition, students will prepare four short written papers (1,500 words each maximum) on themes relevant to the Seminar Series papers (or paper recommended for analysis by the speaker). Evaluation will be based on this written work (80%) and on participation in the seminars (20%).
Credit note
Credit Note: 1 credit per term

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