Constance MacIntosh

Professor of Law

Phone: 902-494-3554
Mailing Address: 
Room 319, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Health law and policy
  • Indigenous health governance
  • Immigration and refugee law


  • BA (Concordia) Honours, Class Gold Medalist
  • MA (Alberta)
  • LLB (Osgoode), Class Gold Medalist


  • LAWS 2270: Indigenous Governance 


  • Max Bell Foundation, 2016-17
  • CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics & Policy, 2009-16
  • Metropolis Pilot Grant, 2011
  • NAWL Policy Research Grant, 2009

Selected awards & honours

  • Class of 1967 Teaching Award (2019)
  • Elizabeth (Bessie) Hall Prize in Feminist Advocacy (2015)
  • 2010-11 Recipient of the Dalhousie Law Students’ Society and Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Law Commission of Canada, Legal Dimensions Initiative Award (2006)

Selected publications

  • Constance MacIntosh, “Carter, Assisted Death, and Mature Minors” (2016) 10:1 McGill JL & Health.
  • Constance MacIntosh, “Indigenous People and Mental Health: The Role of Law and Policy” in Colleen Flood & Jennifer Chandler, eds, Law and Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016) 419.
  • Craig Forcese et al, eds, Public Law: Cases, Commentary and Analysis, 3rd ed (Toronto: Emond, 2015).
  • David Wheeler et al, “Hydraulic fracturing – Integrating public participation with an independent review of the risks and benefits” (2015) 85 Energy Policy 299.
  • Constance MacIntosh, “Indigenous Rights and Relations with Animals: Seeing beyond Canadian Law” in Vaughan Black, Catherine Sykes & Peter Sankoff, eds, Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law (Irwin Law, 2015) 187.
  • Constance MacIntosh, “The Right to Safe Water and Crown-Aboriginal Fiduciary Law: Litigating a Resolution to the Public Health Hazards of On-Reserve Water Problems” in Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter, eds, Advancing Social Rights in Canada (Irwin Law, 2014) 281.
  • Constance MacIntosh, “Tsilhqot’in Nation v BC: Re-Configuring Aboriginal Title in the Name of Reconciliation” (2014) 47(1) UBC Law Review 167.
  • Constance MacIntosh, “The Role of Law in Ameliorating Global Inequalities in Indigenous Peoples’ Health” (2013) 41(1) JL Med & Ethics 74.
  • Constance MacIntosh, “The Intersection of Aboriginal Public Health with Canadian Health Law and Policy” in T. Bailey, T. Caulfield & Ries, eds, Public Health Law and Policy in Canada, 3nd ed (Butterworths: Toronto, 2013).
  • Constance MacIntosh, “Insecure Refugees: The Narrowing of Asylum Seeker Rights to Freedom of Movement and Claims Determination Post-9/11 in Canada” (2012) Review of Constitutional Studies 181.

Service & activity

  • Director, Dalhousie Health Law Institute (2011-17) 
  • Member, Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (2014-18) 
  • Expert Panel Member, Nova Scotia Independent Review of Hydraulic Fracturing (“The Wheeler Panel”). (2014) 
  • Expert Panel Member, Expert Panel on Food Security Research in Northern Canada, Council of Canadian Academies (2012-14) 
  • Leader, “Policing, Justice and Security Domain”, Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence (2010-11) 
  • Pro Bono Supervisor, Legal Information Clinic, Immigrant and Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (2011-19) 
  • Public Health Law Improvement Network (2005-08) 
  • Task Force Advisor/Steering Committee, the Task Force on Newcomer Access to Health Care in Nova Scotia (2003-04)