Professor Martha Jackman received the Guardian of Public Health Care Award in the Academic Category, presented by the Canadian Health Coalition.
Three Guardians of Public Health Care winners are named each year, one in each of three categories: Community, Labour, and Academic. The awards aim to recognize the tremendous work of their recipients on an issue related to protecting and expanding public health care that has a national focus or national implications.
Professor Jackman has worked tirelessly to draw attention to and address the systematic barriers that make access to healthcare difficult for people in Canada. Her nomination by fellow University of Ottawa Professor YY Chen described her as a leading health law scholar, who has written numerous academic articles and book chapters on protecting and promoting Canada’s public health care system and the role of the Charter in protecting a right to health.
Professor Jackman has been a longstanding advocate of socioeconomic rights, including a positive right to health care. She has acted as legal counsel for the Charter Committee on Poverty Issues, Pivot Legal Society and the Canadian Health Coalition in several test cases including Chaoulli v. Québec, Irshad v Ontario (Ministry of Health) and Eldridge v British Columbia (A.G.).
She has written extensively on socio-economic rights, the Charter, and health. Her work appears in leading Canadian and international peer-reviewed law journals as well as in leading Canadian legal texts, including Canadian Health Law and Policy and Public Health Law and Policy in Canada. She has taught numerous courses in on health law and socioeconomic rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Professor Jackman was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2017 in recognition of her exceptional research and writing in this field. Professor Jackman is also a former board member of the CHC.