Amir Attaran


Amir Attaran
Canada Chair: Pop Health and Full Professor

B.A. (Berkeley)
M.S. (Caltech)
D.Phil. (Oxford)

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St.
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2889
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Portrait, Amir Attaran


Amir Attaran is an Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and holds the Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy.  Dr. Amir Attaran is by training both a lawyer (LL.B., Vancouver) and a biologist (D. Phil, Oxford; M.S., Caltech), whose research covers the gamut of both fields to explore different drivers of human well-being, particularly in the fields of human rights, health, and/or international development.  Current research interests include studies on the social and policy determinants of health in areas policy ranging from malaria to AIDS to hypertension; the fight against criminally counterfeit, falsified and substandard medicines; the role of intellectual property and trade law on access to medicines in less developed countries; and the application of human rights law in armed conflict and anti-terrorism. 

Dr. Attaran has published widely in the leading journals of both the legal and biomedical professions, and is an editorial consultant to The Lancet, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.  He also publishes journalism in the Globe and Mail, New York Times, The Guardian, and the Literary Review of Canada, among others.



  • My publications (free to download)
    Most of my scholarly publications can be downloaded here from the Social Sciences Research Network.  We are working on uploading other documents not published in scholarly journals, such as op-eds, and will add those soon. 




  • Law and Current Problems in Global Poverty and Public Policy
    I teach an intensive seminar in January term entitled Law and Current Problems in Global Poverty and Public Policy in which we study the different ways that law affects the development and well-being of the world's poorest billion people.  The seminar is based on readings, watching documentary films, and discussion, and evaluation is by participation and a research essay.  I strongly urge students to publish their research essays, and in past years, several have done so successfully.

Other Projects

  • Detainee Documents released by Federal Court on November 14, 2007
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