Steven Hoffman


Steven Hoffman
Associate Professor

BHSc (McMaster)
MA (Toronto)
JD (Toronto)
of the Bars of Ontario and New York

Room BRS 328

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8811
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Steven Hoffman


Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, an Associate Professor of Law, Medicine and Public & International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, health misinformation, health systems, maternal health, pandemics, technological innovation and tobacco. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with John-Arne Røttingen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz.

Steven previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.

Please see the Global Strategy Lab website for more information on his scholarship, teaching and service activities.

Select Publications

S.J. Hoffman et al., 2016. International law’s effects on health and its social determinants: protocol for a systematic review, meta-analysis, and meta-regression analysis. Systematic Reviews, 5 (64), pp. 1-9. PDF.

Ottersen, T., Hoffman, S.J. & Groux, G., 2016. Ebola again shows the international health regulations are broken: What can be done differently to prepare for the next epidemic? American Journal of Law and Medicine, 42 (2-3), pp. 356-392. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman, S.L. Silverberg. 2015. Training the next generation of global health advocates through experiential education: A mixed-methods case study evaluation. Canadian Journal of Public Health 106(6): e442-449. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman, G.M. Caleo, N. Caulaire, S. Elbe, P. Matsoso, E. Mossialos, Z. Rizvi, J-A. Røttingen. 2015. Strategies for achieving global collective action on antimicrobial resistance. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 93(12): 867-876. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2015. Assessing the Expected Impact of Global Health Treaties: Evidence from 90 Quantitative Evaluations. American Journal of Public Health 105(1): 26-40. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen, J. Frenk. 2015. Assessing Proposals for New Global Health Treaties: An Analytic Framework. American Journal of Public Health 105(8): 1523-1530. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302726. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen, J. Frenk. 2015. International Law Has a Role to Play in Addressing Antibiotic Resistance, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 43(2): 65-67. doi:10.1111/jlme.12276. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman. 2014. Making the International Health Regulations Matter: Promoting Compliance through Effective Dispute Resolution. In: Routledge Handbook on Global Health Security, edited by S. Rushton and J. Youde. Oxford: Routledge. Pp. 239-251. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2014. Split WHO in Two: Strengthening Political Decision-making and Securing Independent Scientific Advice. Public Health 128(2): 188-194. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2013.08.021. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman. 2012. Mitigating Inequalities of Influence among States in Global Decision Making, Global Policy Journal 3(4): 421-432. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2011.00153.x. PDF.

S.J. Hoffman. 2010. The Evolution, Etiology and Eventualities of the Global Health Security Regime, Health Policy and Planning 25(6): 510-522. doi:10.1093/heapol/czq037. PDF.


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