Patrick Garon-Sayegh

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Medicine at the Bar: The Coproduction of Law and Medical Science in the Courtroom
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

I study how ideas about evidence and fact are mobilized in the context of medico-legal, bioethical and health policy arguments. The main thrust of my research is directed towards building bridges between (i) evidence law and legal scholarship, and (ii) the sociology, history, and philosophy of medical science.  

My doctoral project investigates how legal and scientific arguments—most notably those arising out of the "evidence-based medicine movement"—interact to shape physicians' standard of care. In particular, I am examining how expert witness testimony before the courts can crystallize standards of care that were previously either unarticulated or non-existent. My aim is to draw on the sociology, history, and philosophy of medical science to add theoretical depth to the very practical questions faced by trial lawyers, medical expert witnesses and judges. Examples of these questions are: How do we determine what constitutes appropriate medical care in a specific case? How do we determine what counts as a medical error? How do we move from general observations and general knowledge to specific judgments about a case? 

Education
LLM Bioethics, McGill University
BCL-LLB, McGill University
BA Communication Studies, Concordia University
Awards and Distinctions
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Doctoral Fellowship
McGill Research Group on Health and Law Fellowship
Professional Affiliations
Barreau du Québec
Research Interests
Civil Law
Health Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Legal Ethics
Legal Process
Supervisor
Committee Members
Alison Thompson, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Jean-Christophe Bedard Rubin

Jean-Christophe Bédard Rubin
SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Popular or Dialogic Constitutionalism? The Impact of the Design of Judicial Institutions on Constitutional Cultures
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Jean-Christophe Bédard-Rubin is an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Toronto and member of the Quebec Bar. His dissertation assesses the impact of the design of judicial institutions on political stability and constitutional cultures in a comparative perspective. He also conducts research in the areas of linguistic rights, empirical analysis of law and law and history. He has presented his work in Canada and the United States in Law faculties, political science and philosophy departments.

Education
LL.M. University of Toronto
LL.B. Laval University
Cert. Philosophy Laval University
Awards and Distinctions
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship 2018-2021 (105 000$)
FRQSC Quebec Government Scholarship 2018-2022 (80 000$) (declined)
Central European University visiting scholarship (2018)
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Fund) and Goethe University Frankfurt-am-Main scholarship (2018)
W.C.G. Howland Prize for best overall performance in the LL.M. University of Toronto (2016)
Nathan Strauss Q.C. Graduate Fellowship in Canadian Constitutional Law University of Toronto (2015-2016)
Lieutenant-Governor Tribute Laval University (2014)
Dean's Honour List Laval University (2013)
Professional Affiliations
Member of the Quebec Bar
Member of the Canadian Political Science Association
Member of the Quebec Political Science Society
Research Interests
Canadian Constitutional Law
Comparative Law
Economic Analysis of Law
International Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Law and Globalization
Legal Ethics
Legal History
Legal Process
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Supervisor
Committee Members

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights' Public Interest Litigation Conference

 

The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights is a Centre within the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law devoted to advocacy, research and education in the area of constitutional rights in Canada. Since its inception in 2008, the Centre has intervened in several significant Charter litigation cases and has keenly observed the successes and challenges of public interest litigation.

Prof. Brenda Cossman writes "We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Brenda Cossman discusses ways to address the issue of the large number of sexual assault complaints being dismissed by police forces as "unfounded" ("We must do better for sexual assault survivors. The answer isn’t rocket science," February 6, 2017).

Read the commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.


 

Bringing AI to tax law: profile of startup Blue J Legal, with CEO Prof. Benjamin Alarie

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Startup Blue J Legal and its CEO, Prof. Benjamin Alarie, are profiled in a U of T Magazine article, "Helping Machine-Learning Startups Succeed" (Winter 2017). Launched in 2014 by Profs. Benjamin Alarie, Anthony Niblett and Albert Yoon, with veteran software engineer Brett Jansen, Blue J Legal has created sophisticated AI software that provides lawyers and judges with guidance on resolving tax disputes.

Prof. Brenda Cossman writes "For Judge ‘knees together’ Camp: Education is power"

Thursday, December 1, 2016

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Brenda Cossman discusses her experience working with Justice Robin Camp after his sexist remarks at a sexual assault trial, and argues for the value of education in overcoming sexism in the judiciary ("For Judge ‘knees together’ Camp: Education is power," December 1, 2016).

Read the full commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.


 

Jackman Law Building is setting for announcement by Ontario's Attorney General

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ontario Attorney General Nasir Naqvi makes announcement

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi came to the University of Toronto Faculty of Law this morning to make an important announcement about new steps to improve the province's criminal justice system.

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