Sheila Wildeman

Associate Professor of Law

Phone: 902-494-1022
Mailing Address: 
Room 315, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Administrative law
  • Human rights
  • Mental health law
  • Jurisprudence


  • BA (Toronto)
  • MA (Columbia)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)
  • LLM (Toronto)


  • LAWS 2000: Administrative Law 
  • LAWS 2087: General Jurisprudence 

Selected awards & honours

  • 2017- Nova Scotia Human Rights Award (Group Category, Bill 59 Alliance)
  • 2006 - Dalhousie Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Law

Selected publications

  • Sheila Wildeman, “Protecting Rights and Building Capacities: Challenges to Global Mental Health Policy in Light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (2013) 41:1 JL Med & Ethics 48. 
  • Sheila Wildeman, Laura Dunn & Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, "Incapacity in Canada: Review of Laws and Policies for Research involving Decisionally Impaired Adults" (2013) 21:4 American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 314. 
  • Sheila Wildeman, “Pas de Deux: Deference and Non-Deference in Action” in C. Flood & L. Sossin, eds, Administrative Law in Context, 2nd ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2012).
  • Sheila Wildeman et al, "Substitute Decision-Making about Research: Identifying the Legally Authorized Representative in Four Canadian Provinces" (2012) 6(1) McGill JL & Health 189.
  • Joan Harbison et al, “Understanding ‘Elder Abuse and Neglect’: A Critique of Assumptions Underpinning Responses to the Mistreatment and Neglect of Older People” (2012) 24:2 Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect 88.
  • Sheila Wildeman, "Introduction to the Lectures of Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Anne Derrick: Law and mental health: A relationship in crisis?" (2010) 33 Dal LJ 1.
  • Sheila Wildeman, “Insight Revisited: Relationality and Psychiatric Treatment Decision-Making Capacity” in J. Downie & J. Llewellyn, eds, Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).
  • Gina Bravo et al, "Are Canadians Providing Advance Directives about Health Care and Research Participation in the Event of Decisional Incapacity?" (2011) 56(4) Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 209.

Service & activity

  • Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, Administrative Tribunals Committee (2010-present)
  • East Coast Prison Justice Society, Board of Directors (Sept 2018-present), Vice-Chair (Sept 2019-present)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - Nova Scotia Division, Board of Directors (2009-2016)