Prof. Trudo Lemmens
Professor, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy

78 Queen's Park 
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C3

Twitter: @TrudoLemmens 

Tel.: 416-978-4201

Trudo Lemmens is Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds cross appointments in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics.  Since joining the Faculty of Law, he has been a member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, a visiting professor at the University Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and the K.U.Leuven (Belgium); a Plumer Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s St. Anne’s College, and an academic visitor at the Faculty of Law and the HeLEX Center for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies of the University of Oxford.

Professor Lemmens holds a Licentiate of Laws (LL.Lic.) from the KU Leuven and both a Master of Laws (LLM, specialization bioethics) and Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) from McGill University. His research sits at the intersection of law, ethics, and professional governance. Currently, his research focuses on the interaction between law, other governance tools, and ethical norms and values in the context of health care, biomedical research, pharmaceutical and other health product development, and knowledge production.

Professor Lemmens’ publications include the co-authored book Reading the Future? Legal and Ethical Challenges of Predictive Genetic Testing, the co-edited volumes Regulating Creation: The Law, Policy and Ethics of Assisted Human Reproduction, and Law and Ethics in Biomedical Research: Regulation, Conflict of Interest, and Liability, as well as numerous chapters and articles in national and international law, policy, science, medicine and bioethics journals. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Health Research of the Pan American Health Organization. He has participated as member with two expert panels of the Council of Canadian Academies: one on access to health data, the other on advance requests and medical assistance in dying


Cand. Jur. - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Campus Kortrijk, Belgium (1985)
Lic. Jur. - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1988)
LL.M. (Specialization Bioethics) - McGill University (1995)
D.C.L. - McGill University, (2003)
Academic appointments
Chair, Dr. William M. Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy (present)
Professor (status only), Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology; and Department of Psychiatry (present)
Affiliated Faculty Member, Centre for Innovation, Law and Policy (present)
Associate Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto (present)
Member, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (present)
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2008, 2011)
Visiting Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2006-2007)
Fellow, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium of Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2006-2007)
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (Jan-Feb 2007)
Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2003 - 2004)
Bioethicist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (1997-1999)
Researcher, Clinical Trials Research Group, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University (1994-1997)
Visiting Fellow at the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public, Université de Montréal (1994-1996)
Research Associate, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law (1992-1994)
Teaching and Research Associate (“wetenschappelijk assistent”), department of International and Comparative Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (1988-1990)
Awards and distinctions
Fellowship, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2006-2007)
Membership, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2003-2004)
Law Commission of Canada, Legal Dimensions Initiative Award (with Duff R. Waring) (2003)
Graduate Student Paper Award, Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (1996)
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1995-1997)
Doctoral Fellowship, Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche du Québec (deferred) (1995-1998)
Student Paper Award, Society for Health and Human Values (1995)
Chief Justice R.A.E. Greenshields Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Law (1994)
Other service
Member, Advisory Committee on Health Research, Pan American Health Organization (since 2006)
Member, Board of the Ontario Mental Health Foundation (since 2011)
Member, World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Clinical Practice Guidelines and Research Methods and Ethics (2010-2015)
Member, Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Timely Access for Health and Social Data for Health Research and Health System Innovation (2014-2015)
Selected publications

Charter Scrutiny of Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying Law and the Shifting Landscape of Belgian and Dutch Euthanasia Practice” (2018) 85 Supreme Court Law Review (2nd) 453-539.

Trudo Lemmens, Heesoo Kim & Elizabeth Kurz, “Why Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying Law Should Be C(h)arter Compliant and What it May Help to Avoid”  (2017) 11(1) McGill Journal of Law & Health S61-S148.

Scott Y.H. Kim & Trudo Lemmens, “Should assisted dying for psychiatric disorders be legalized in Canada? (2016) Canadian Medical Association Journal cmaj.160365; doi:10.1503/cmaj.160365

Louis Charland, Trudo Lemmens & Kyoko Wada, “Decision-Making Capacity to Consent for Medical Assistance in Dying for Persons with Mental Disorders” (2016) Open Issue Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 1-15

Trudo Lemmens & Shannon Gibson, "Decreasing the Data Deficit: Improving Post-Market Surveillance in Pharmaceutical Regulation" (2014) 59(4) McGill Law Journal 943-988.

Shannon Gibson & Trudo Lemmens, "Niche Markets and Evidence Assessment in Transition: A Critical Review of Proposed Drug Reforms" (2014) 22(2) Medical Law Review 200-220.

Pharmaceutical Knowledge Governance: A Human Rights Perspective” (2013) 41(1) Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 163-84.

Trudo Lemmens & Candice Telfer, “Access to Data and the Right to Health: The Human Rights Case for Clinical Trials Transparency” (2012) 31(1) American Journal of Law & Medicine 63-112.

Simon Stern & Trudo Lemmens, “Legal Remedies for Medical Ghostwriting: Imposing Fraud Liability on Guest Authors of Ghostwritten Articles” (2011) 8(8) PLoS Medicine 1-8

Trudo Lemmens & Lisa Austin, “The End of Individual Control Over Health Information: Governing Biobanks and Promoting Fair Information Practices” in Jane Kaye & Mark Stranger, eds, Governing Biobanks  (Farnham (UK): Ashgate, 2009) 243-266.