Stefanie Carsley

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Stefanie Carsley
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Stefanie Carsley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. Her research focuses on Canadian law and policy responses to assisted reproduction (in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood and sperm, egg and embryo donation). In 2019-2020, she will be teaching Torts and Introduction to Family Law.

Stefanie earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA, 2007) and Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (BCL/LLB, 2011) degrees at McGill University and her Master of Laws (LLM, 2013) at the University of Toronto. Prior to returning to McGill to pursue her doctorate, she clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Johanne Trudel at the Federal Court of Appeal. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2014.

Stefanie’s doctoral dissertation draws on qualitative interviews with Canadian fertility lawyers to assess the strengths and shortcomings of laws that criminalize paid surrogacy, establish the parentage of children born to surrogate mothers and define the legal status of surrogacy contracts. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Health Law Review, the Dalhousie Law Journal and the Canadian Bar Review.

Her doctoral research was supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Queen’s Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Previously, she was awarded the University of Toronto’s W.C.G. Howland Prize for most outstanding performance in the LLM program. She is also the recipient of several essay prizes: the Donald F. Sim QC Memorial Prize from Sim Ashton & McKay LLP, McGill’s J.S.D. Tory Writing Award and the Regroupement Droit, Changements et Gouvernance’s prize for best publication.



  • “Reconceiving Quebec’s Laws on Surrogate Motherhood” (2018) 96:1 Canadian Bar Review 121.
  • “DNA, Donor Offspring and Derivative Citizenship: Redefining Parentage under the Citizenship Act” (2016) 39:2 Dalhousie Law Journal 525.
  • “Rethinking Canadian Legal Responses to Frozen Embryo Disputes” (2014) 29:1 Canadian Journal of Family Law 55. 
  • “Tort’s Response to Surrogate Motherhood: Providing Surrogates with a Remedy for Breached Agreements” (2013) 46:1 University of British Columbia Law Review 1.
  • “Funding In Vitro Fertilization: Exploring the Health and Justice Implications of Quebec’s Policy” (2012) 20:3 Health Law Review 15 (peer-reviewed on request).
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