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!

Another exciting series for 2019-20 (Sept - Mar) is being planned!

When? 12:10 - 1:30 pm
Time is allotted for questions and discussion.

Room 104, Weldon Law Building
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
6061 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2 [map]
Light lunch served at noon in the Faculty Lounge, Rm 312
Registration? Cost?  

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


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
Carol L. Zicklin Chair in the Honors Academy at Brooklyn College, CUNY
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



Friday September 29
Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada
André Picard, Health Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Friday October 13
Decolonizing Feminism: From Reproductive Abuse to Reproductive Justice
Karen Stote, Women and Gender Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Co-sponsored with the Chancellor's Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy, Dalhousie University

Friday November 3
Panacea to Panopticon: Prescription Drug Monitoring in the Opioid Crisis
Leo Beletsky, School of Law and Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University

Friday December 1
The Use of Research in Veterans' Health Policy-Making
Alice Aiken, Vice-President Research, Dalhousie University

Friday January 12
Addressing Chronic Illness in Prison: Law, Policy and Reality
Adelina Iftene, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Friday February 9
A Matter of Survival: Health Rights from the Bottom Up
Pascale Allotey, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health
Co-sponsored with the McBain Chair in Health Law and Policy, Dalhousie University

Friday February 16
Fostering an Effective Relationship with the Medical Expert
Amy Ornstein, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Friday March 2
The Challenge of Migration and Health Care Solidarity in Liberal Democracies
Y.Y. Brandon Chen, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa


Friday September 23
The Role of Transnational Law on Abortion Reforms in Latin America
Verónica Undurraga, Faculty of Law, Adolfo Ibáñez University, Chile
Commentator: Joanna Erdman, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Friday Nov 4
Food Law and Policy: Past, Present, and Future
Michael Roberts, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law

Friday November 18
The Constitutional Costs of the War on Drugs: Lessons from Mexico 
Alejandro Madrazo LajousDrug Policy Program, Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico

Friday December 2
The Constitutional Case Against Canadian Medicare and Why It May Succeed
Colleen Flood, Faculty of Law and Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa

Friday January 20
Patient Advocacy in the Drug Regulatory Process in Canada and the U.S.
Sharon Batt, Researcher and Writer, Health & Pharmaceutical Policy; and
Adriane Fugh-Berman, Georgetown University Medical Center

Friday February 10
Who Has Seen the Asylum? History and Reconciliation in Mental Health
Erika Dyck, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan

Friday March 10
End-of-Life Decision-Making in the US, with some Canadian Comparisons
Barbara Noah, Western New England University School of Law

Friday March 24
Litigation as Regulation? A Tobacco Class Action Case Study
Camille Cameron, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University


Friday September 18
Rethinking Legal Capacity from a Disability Rights Perspective: Pitfalls and Possibilities
Michael Bach, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Association for Community Living; and Managing Director, Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society

Friday October 30
Punishing Women's Unruly Bodies: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Mother-Baby Separation Under Conditions of Imprisonment
Julie Bilotta, Prisoner Rights Advocate; Emma Halpern, Regional Advocate - Atlantic Elizabeth Fry Society of Cape Breton; Sheila Wildeman, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University [watch]
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Friday November 6
When Social Justice and Science Clash Over Questions of Sexual and Gender Identity, Who Wins, Who Loses?
Alice Dreger, Historian of Medicine and Science, Sex Researcher

Friday November 27
Is it Time to Adopt a No-Fault Scheme to Compensate Injured Patients?
Elaine Gibson, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Friday January 15
Historical Trauma Among Aboriginal Peoples: Implications for Improving Well-Being
Amy Bombay, Department of Psychiatry and School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

Friday January 29
Superbugs Attack! How the World Can Win the War on Antimicrobial Resistance
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Steven Hoffman, Director, Global Strategy Lab, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Friday February 26
Patenting Outside the Law in Canadian Medical History
Tina Piper, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Friday March 11
Marketing Restrictions on Tobacco and Alcohol Products: International Human Rights and Comparative Law Perspectives
Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University


Friday October 3
Community Treatment Orders For Psychiaric Patients: Can We Tell If They Work?
John Dawson, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand  

Friday October 17
A Patchwork Quilt: Disability Income Security Programs In Canada
Cameron Mustard, Dalla Lana School of Public Health and
President, Institute or Work and Health, Toronto

Friday October 31
Feminism's (Un)Timely Business: Improving Abortion Access In The Maritimes
Jula Hughes, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick

Friday November 21
Brains On Trial: Neuroscientific Evidence In Canadian Criminal Cases
Jennifer Chandler, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Friday January 23
Medical Aid In Dying: Reflections On The Québec Experience
Véronique Hivon, Member, National Assembly of Québec

Friday February 27
Assisted Reproductive Technology: Can We Get Past the Roadblocks?  
Dave Snow, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Friday March 13
On Becoming A Mother And Disengaging From Injection Drug Use
Fiona Martin, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

Friday March 27
The Most Suitable Worker: Regulating Nursing Assistants In Canada, 1945-1970
Peter Twohig, Atlantic Canada Studies and Department of History, Saint Mary's University
Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University


Friday September 20
Intellectual Properties: A Case Study in Influenza
Amy Kapczynski, Yale Law School
Co-sponsored by the Law and Technology Institute, Schulich School of Law

Friday October 2
Researching Genetic Disease in the Bedouin Community: Ethial and Social Issues
Rivka Carmi, President, Ben-Gurion University and
Former Director, Genetics Institute, Soroka University Medical Center

Friday November 1
Prisons: The Modern Day Asylums
Kim Pate, Executive Director,Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Friday November 15
Human Rights Education in the Health Professions: Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Joanna Erdman, Schulich School of Law
Tamar Ezer, Law and Health Initiative, Open Society Public Health Program
Co-sponsored by the Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
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Friday January 10
The Deserving and Undeserving Sick:  Withholding Public Health Care from Refugees
Audrey Macklin, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Friday January 24
The Federal Government: Leader in Health Care?
The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, Bennett Jones LLP and Former Federal Minister of Health

Friday February 28
An Atypical Suicide:  Psychiatric Research Abuse at the University of Minnesota
Carl Elliott, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
Co-sponsored by Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster

Thursday March 21
A Global Review of the Litigation of Health Human Rights
Colleen Flood, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


Friday September 12
The Legal Scope and Limits of Conscientious Objection by Health Care Providers
Bernard Dickens, Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Friday October 12
Discriminatory Effects of Criminal Abortion Laws: Prejudices, Stereotypes and Stigma
Rebecca Cook, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Friday October 26
Legislating for Catastrophic Risk
Evelyn Fox Keller, Emerita, History and Philosophy of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(co-sponsored by Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster)

Friday November 23
Procreation and Adoption: Resisting the Status Quo on Parental Licensing
Carolyn McLeod, Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Friday January 18
HIV Testing and Disclosure: Public Health or Legal Matters?
Jacqueline Gahagan, Gender and Health Promotion Studies Unit, Dalhousie University

Friday February 8 (cancelled due to weather)
Nonexcludability and the Limits of Patents in Furthering Health
Amy Kapczynski, Yale Law School
(co-sponsored by the Law and Technology Institute, Schulich School of Law)

Friday March 8
The Culture and Context of Frequent Marijuana Use in Teens: Accounting for Gender, Diversity and Place

Joy Johnson, Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(co-sponsored by the Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University)

Thursday March 28
Is There a Constitutional Right to Die?
Joseph Arvay, QC, Arvay Finlay Barristers, British Columbia