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.

2017 - 2018 SCHEDULE

Date of Seminar



September 14
Irehobhude O. Iyioha
Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law & Adjunct Professor
John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta

Theorizing Effectiveness: Law, Women's Health and the Limits of Formal Legal Effectiveness - A Multi-jurisdictional Analysis of Access to Abortion Services

September 28
Larry Chartrand
Professor and Director, Native Law Centre
University of Saskatchewan College of Law

Aboriginal Rights and the Best Interests of the Child: The Hamilton Health Sciences v. D.H.

October 12
Rebecca Dresser, D.N.
Kirby Professor of Law and
Professor of Ethics in Medicine
Washington University Saint Louis
Should the Law Permit Physician-Assisted Death for Dementia?

October 26

Marta Machado
Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School
Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Battle Over Abortion Rights in Brazil’s State Arenas, 1995-2006

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November 23 ThursdayVardit Ravitsky
Associate Professor
Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

The Shifting Landscape of Prenatal Testing: 
Ethical and Social Implications of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

January 18

Aaron Kesselheim
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School and 
Director, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL)

The Benefit and Risks of Expedited Development and Regulatory Approval of New Drugs

February 1

Catherine Regis
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law, University of Montreal
Louise Bernier
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke

A Relational Autonomy Perspective on Advance Medical Directives for End-of-Life Care

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February 15

YY Chen
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Debating Migrants' Inclusion in Health Care Solidarity

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March 8

Erin Nelson
Professor, Faculty of Law
University of Alberta

Health Equity and Indigenous Women

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