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.


Zoom Webinars 


with Closed Captioning

Registration? Cost?  

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


Friday September 18
Algorithmic Racism, Healthcare & The Law: 'Race Based' Data Another Trojan Horse?
LLana James, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
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  

*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
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, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and 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                                                            [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
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