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Research opportunities

Faculty members and staff at Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law have worked to transform the way we think about law and legal education. They’ve been invited to work and speak in almost every corner of the globe—and not only do they bring that experience back to students, they’ve also written articles and papers on a wide variety of subjects, including those listed below.

Here are just some of the topics professors at the Schulich School of Law have been researching:

  • end of life treatment policy and practice
  • privacy and confidentiality of health information
  • public health emergencies
  • ocean governance
  • environment and coastal management
  • climate change and policy
  • energy law
  • invasive species
  • neuroimaging ethics
  • environmental law and biodiversity conservation
  • ocean piracy
  • offshore development
  • human cloning
  • trade liberalization
  • disability theory

Read more about two professors in the Schulich School of Law and their specific areas of interest:

Professor Jocelyn Downie, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, has research interests that include the following:

  • women's health
  • assisted death
  • research involving humans
  • organ transplantation

Her work is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and geared both to contributing to the academic literature and to effecting change in health law and policy at federal and provincial levels. She is currently analyzing and recommending appropriate regulation to govern health research involving human subjects. Her findings will provide a better foundation on which to base future public policy in these critical areas.

Professor David VanderZwagg, Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law and Governance, is currently involved in research covering a number of issues surrounding international and regional environmental law:

  • evaluating global ocean governance;
  • examining the effectiveness of regional agreements for managing fisheries and protecting the arctic marine environment;
  • and studying issues raised by sustainable development, community-based management, indigenous rights and ecosystem-based management.

His research aims to develop legislative and regulatory reforms toward supporting more principled decision making in ocean governance.