Seminar Series

Join us for our lunch time Health Law and Policy Seminar Series

The Institute hosts an extremely popular series of seminars that are open to the public and attracts a broad audience from across the university, government, and health care communities. Invited scholars and practitioners share their knowledge and reflections on the latest health law and policy issues.  All Welcome!

When? 12:10 - 1:20 pm
Time is allotted for questions and discussion.


Via Zoom Webinars 


with Closed Captioning


Registration? Cost?  

No registration required. No fee.
Contact: or 902-494-6881


Friday September 17
Lessons in Access and Equity:  The Global COVID-19 Response
Fifa Rahman, Civil Society Representative for the WHO Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator
Friday October 8
Using Restorative Approaches to Reveal and Remove Professional and Institutional Barriers to Human Flourishing
Holly Northam, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Public Health, University of Canberra, Australia
Friday October 29
Troubled Waters"  The Health & Mental Health Impacts of Environmental Racism
Ingrid R.G. Waldron, Professor & HOPE Chair in Peace & Health, Global Peace & Social Justice Program, Dept. of History, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University 



Friday November 19
ARV's, COVID-19 Vaccine Equity and Intellectual Property Protections
Marlise Richter, Senior Researcher, Health Justice Initiative, South Africa
Friday January 21
On Policing Pandemics: Resistance to Medico-Legal Surveillance & Enforcement
Alexander McClelland, Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice (ICCJ), Carleton University
Friday February 11
Realizing Human Rights and Social Justive in Mental Health
Marina Morrow, Professor & Chair, School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health, York University
Friday March 4
Foregrounding Justive in the Use of Novel Artificial Womb Technologies
Claire Horn, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
Friday March 18
Guardian Angels and Sacrificial Lambs: COVID-19 and Migrant Workers
Constance MacIntosh, Acting Scholarly Director, MacEachern Institute for Public Policy, Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University                                                    [watch]


Friday September 18
Algorithmic Racism, Healthcare & The Law:'Race-Based' Data Another Trojan Horse?                                                                                                                         LLana James, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto                                                 [watch]                            
Friday October 2  
Can Health Law Help Protect Trans Youth from Conversion Therapy?
Florence Ashley, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Friday November 6    

The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities
Michael Ashley Stein, Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Extraordinary Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa

*ASL Interpretation Available

Friday November 20  
The Mifepristone Policy and Regulatory Journey: Addressing Inequitable Abortion Access in Canada 
Wendy V. Norman, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Public Health & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Friday January 15  
The Health of People who Experience Imprisonment in Canada
Fiona Kouyoumdjian, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University
Friday January 29  
The Matters of Black Health - Resilience and Determination 
Sharon Davis-Murdoch, Co-President of the Health Association of African Canadians, Nova Scotia
Friday February 26  
Mental Health and Criminal Courts in the Arctic
Priscilla Ferrazzi, Partnerships & Innovation, Queen's University, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine & School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Friday March 19  
AIDS Quarantine in BC: Metaphor or Reality? 
Eli Manning, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Research Scholar, Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University                                                                               [watch]





Friday September 13
Anti-Black Racism, Homophobia and Canadian Blood Donation Practices
OmiSoore Dryden, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Friday October 4
Citizens and Science in a Digitized World
Kimberlyn McGrail, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Friday November 22
The Impact of the Child Welfare System on Maternal Health
Meaghan Thumath, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, United Kingdom



Friday November 29
Institutional Violence and Disability Memorials
Linda Steele, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Friday January 17
Abortion, Harm Reduction and the New Self-Care Movement
Kinga Jelinska, Women Help Women, International                                                        Mariana Prandini Assis, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University   
Friday January 31
Scale-Appropriateness in Food Law: Solution for Community Health Disparities?
Catherine L. Mah, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University                                               Jamie Baxter, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University 
Friday February 28
Troutville: Where People Discuss Fairness Issues
Yukiko Asada, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
Friday March 20
Unaffordable Essential Medicines: More Than Just a Rights Violation
Nav Persaud, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto       CANCELLED





Friday September 21
Advocacy for the Health Care Rights of Prisoners
Jennifer Metcalfe, Prisoners’ Legal Services, British Columbia
Friday October 12
Racing with Testosterone: Regulating Women’s Hormones in Elite Sport
Katrina Karkazis, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale University
Friday November 2
Guaranteed Income and Health
Kwame McKenzie, Wellesley Institute and University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry



Friday November 23
Of Bricks and Blood: Institutional Conscience Objections to MAID and Abortion
Daphne Gilbert, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Friday January 18
Cannabis Legislation: Past, Present and Future
Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer, Nova Scotia
Friday February 8
Advance Requests for Medical Assistance in Dying: Ethical and Legal Considerations
Jennifer Gibson, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
Friday March 1
Mosquito Advocacy: Implementing Evidence-Informed Solutions in Change Resistant Environments
Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and McGill University School of Social Work
Friday March 15
The Public Sector and Vaccine Development: A Case Study of the Merck [sic] Ebola Vaccine
Matthew Herder, Health Law Institute and Department of Pharmacology, Dalhousie University