Constance MacIntosh

Associate Professor of Law


Related information

Phone: 902-494-3554
Mailing Address: 
Room 321, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Health law and policy
  • Aboriginal law
  • Immigration and refugee law


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


  • Indigenous Governance (with N. Metallic) (LAWS 2270)

Selected awards & honours

  • Elizabeth (Bessie) Hall Prize (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
  • Expert Panel Member, Nova Scotia Independent Review of Hydraulic Fracturing (“The Wheeler Panel”)
  • Expert Panel Member, Expert Panel on Food Security Research in Northern Canada, Council of Canadian Academies
  • Leader, “Policing, Justice and Security Domain”, Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence
  • Research Associate, Marine Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Task Force Advisor to the Task Force on Newcomer Access to Health Care in Nova Scotia
  • Faculty Associate, Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University
  • Research Affiliate (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance), University of Victoria