This seminar series brings guest speakers to the Faculty of Law to stimulate the discussion of issues related to the intersection of law with health care and related ethical and social issues.

The series is organized by the Health Law and Policy Group and the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics and Policy

All Seminars are held at 84 Queen’s Park, Falconer Hall, Solarium, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM unless otherwise indicated.

Lunch will be provided.

2016 - 2017 SCHEDULE

Date of Seminar



October 6
Mary Shariff
Associate Professor & Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba 

Endgame: Clinical and Legal Distinctions between Palliative Care and Termination of Life

Comentator: David Baker, B.A., LL.B., LL.M., L.S.M., Bakerlaw

October 20
The Honourable Susan E. Lang
retired Judge, Ontario Court of Appeal

The Motherisk Drug Testing Programme: What Went Wrong, and What to Do?

November 3
Rebecca Cook
Professor Emerita, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Lessons Learned from the Zika Amicus Brief

November 17

Andelka Phillips
Ussher Assistant Professor in Information Technology Law, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Contracting Away DNA - Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests for Health, Love, and More….
January 19
Thana Cristina de Campos
Faculty Associate, Global Strategy Lab, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Is the Right to Health a Right to Well-Being? Distinguishing Essential and Non-Essential Health Needs

Commentator:  Lisa Forman, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Global Health Equity; Asst. Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Univ. of Toronto

February 2 

Luca Genovese
Researcher, Access to Medicines Foundation (The Netherlands)

The Access to Medicines Index 
(Seminar Co-organized with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency for the Pharmaceutical Sector)

February 16

Martin Hevia
Professor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, University Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
The Legal Status of Surrogacy Agreements and the Inter- American Convention on Human Rights
March 9

Colin Gavaghan
Associate Professor and New Zealand Law Foundation Director in Emerging Technologies, Faculty of Law, University of Otago (New Zealand)

Reproductive Technologies and the Search for Regulatory Legitimacy

See past workshops