Prof. Jocelyn Downie was recently appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian health law and policy. more
This past Sept, Professor and Director, Matthew Herder attended the first of 10 meetings in the United States that will take place over one year in his role as a Canadian Harkness Associate in Health Care, Policy and Practice. The meeting took place at the New York City headquarters of The Commonwealth Fund. more
Student Fellows Initiative Launched Sept 2017
The Student Fellows Program offers students at the Schulich School of Law an opportunity to become involved with the activities of the Health Law Institute, and to participate in community-building and networking opportunities in the health law and policy field. Learn more here.
2nd International Conference on End of Life Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice
Held Sept. 13-15, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
We are at a time of extraordinary change as jurisdictions around the world research and engage in legal and health care reform around end of life law, ethics, policies and practices. Flashpoints and transformations emerge out of shifting societal values and expectations, medical innovation, and new ideas about relationships and roles within end of life decision-making processes. Empirical evidence is emerging out of the new regulatory regimes, assisting in the assessment of the likely consequences of different regulatory choices.
This conference brought together world experts, from law, medicine, nursing, philosophy and bioethics, with sectoral representation including practitioners, NGOs, regulators, policy makers and academics. Together they engaged with the most recent empirical evidence, policy reform initiatives and ethical thinking on medical assistance in dying, palliative care, unilateral decision-making, and other end of life issues, including emerging ones such as the pressure point issues for eligibility for medical assistance in dying.
Co-hosting this conference with Canada's Dalhousie's Health Law Institute, was the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology, and the Dutch and Belgian based International Collaborative for End of Life Care Research.
2017 Community of Graduates
Congratulations to Kelsey Ivory, Morgan Knickle-Smith, Mitch Kredentser, and Nicole Power who received specialization certificates in Health Law and Policy upon convocating with their Juris Doctor degrees in Law on May 26, 2017. They join over 100 alumni of our specialization program!
Nicole Power was the recipient of the 2016-17 Robert G. Elgie Health Law and Policy Paper Prize. This prize is awarded to the third-year lawstudent graduating in the Health Law and Policy Specialization Program having the highest grade point average in health law courses counted toward the specialization.
Nick Hooper received the Rozovsky Health Law and Policy Paper Prize. This prize is awarded to a law student who writes the best research paper on a health law and policy topic in the course of an academic year.
After successfully defending her doctoral thesis, Nayha Acharya convocated in October 2017 with her PhD in Law. Her thesis was titled, "The Virtue of Process: Finding the Legitimacy of Judicial Fact-Finding in Personal Injury Litigation."
Well done everyone!
Congratulations Michael Hadskis!
Prof. Michael Hadskis is the recipient of the 2017 Faculty of Health Professions Teaching Excellence Award. This award honous an outstanding teacher who embodies the finest aspects of exemplary teaching and educational leadership.
Welcome New Director Matthew Herder!
We are pleased to have Associate Professor Matthew Herder take over the helm of the Health Law Institute. His calm and steady hand will steer the Institute well in the coming years. Our thanks and very best wishes go to former Director Constance MacIntosh as she begins her well-earned sabbatical.
2016 Community of Graduates
Congratulations to Jennifer Crewe, Kirby Hayes, Elizabeth Legge, Lauren Soubolsky, Meryn Steeves, Kirsanne Stout, Brett Taylor, Cassie Taylor, Jenn Teryn, Jamie Watson, Cherie Wheeler, and Leslie Whittaker who received specialization certificates in Health Law and Policy upon convocating with their Juris Doctor degrees in Law on May 30, 2016. They join over 100 alumni of our specialization program!
Brett Taylor was the recipient of the 2015-16 Robert G. Elgie Health Law and Policy Paper Prize. This prize is awarded to the third-year law student graduating in the Health Law and Policy Specialization Program having the highest grade point average in health law courses counted toward the specialization.
Emily Hansen received the Rozovsky Health Law and Policy Paper Prize. This prize is awarded to a law student who writes the best research paper on a health law and policy topic in the course of an academic year.
Kudos to Annabritt Chisholm who graduated from the combined Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. This is an intensive four-year course of study and students are required to meet the entrance and graduation requirements of both the Schulich School of Law and the School of Health Administration in the Faculty of Health Professions.
Best wishes to our two health law and policy students who convocated with their Master of Laws (LLM) degrees. Clark Colwell's thesis was titled, "Justified Outbreak: Bringing Together Law, Public Health and Ethics during an Infectious Disease Emergency," and Claire McNeil's thesis was titled, "Conformity or Contradiction: international Health Rights in Canadian Courts."
2016 Notes of Congratulation!
William Lahey named 25th President of University of King's College
Joanna Erdman appointed Chair of the Global Health Advisory Committee
Jocelyn Downie appointed Dalhousie University Research Professor (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021)
7th National Health Law Conference
Nov 19-21, 2015
Is health law ready to respond to emerging challenges? Will our laws evolve to meet the needs of aging baby-boomers? What does the future hold for Canadian laws governing assisted suicide? Will the Canada Health Act withstand upcoming Charter challenges? How will the advent of Obamacare affect Canadian Medicare? Will the law evolve to address the risks associated with new technologies such as robotic surgery, advances in reproductive science, and social media? At the global level, are international laws ready to assist in containing superbugs, protecting the health of migrants, and controlling tobacco uptake in the developing world? This conference brought together leading researchers from across Canada and the world to discuss, debate and frame these and other emerging trends.
Further conference info: www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/health-law.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship - Jocelyn Downie
In September 2015, Dr. Downie was Nova Scotia's first recipient of this prestigious research fellowship. Dr. Downie receives $225,00 over three years to research law, policy and practice around end-of-life care in Canada. She will bring together academics and practitioners from law, ethics, and health care, to wrestle with complex and controversial issues and propose changes to law, policy and practice; all the fhile with a focus on the ultimate goal of helping society care deeply and effectively for the dying.
Congratulations on 2015 Law Teaching Awards!
Joanna Erdman, Assistant Professor
Hanna & Harold Barnett Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law
William Lahey, Associate Professor
Dalhousie Law Students' Society & Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching Law
January 22, 2015
Health Law Institute Statement on Electronic Montoring of Forensic Mental Health Patients
"It is our conclusion that the use of electronic monitoring in this context would be unlikely to withstand legal challenge. This conclusion is based on our review of the Criminal Code, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We took into consideration the Criminal Code factors that govern the conditions placed on forensic patients, including the paramountcy of public safety and the requirement of attentiveness to the mental condition of the individual and his or her successful reintegration into society. Our conclusion reflected the requirements of the Criminal Code as well as those of the Charter and the Human Rights Act, and the limited evidence that Electronic Monitoring may serve to enhance public safety. We also considered the changes implemented at the East Coast Forensic Hospital immediately following Raymond Taaval’s death, as well as the changes that the Hospital made when it adopted the recommendations that were identified within the external review that followed Mr. Taaval’s death."
- Constance MacIntosh, Director, Dalhousie Health Law Institute