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Y.Y. Brandon Chen (SJD, MSW, JD, University of Toronto; BSc, Emory University) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. A lawyer and social worker by training, Professor Chen’s research program examines laws and policies that contribute to health inequities and marginalization, particularly among noncitizens and racialized minorities. His published work has touched on such topics as health rights litigation, refugee health care, social determinants of health, health care solidarity, and medical tourism.
Besides his scholarly pursuits, Professor Chen engages in a variety of community-based work. Between 2009 and 2011, he was publicly appointed to the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, where he advised the provincial minister of health on HIV/AIDS-related policies. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Co-Chair of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment, which works to advance the health and wellbeing of immigrants, refugees and non-status people living with HIV/AIDS. And from 2016 to 2020, he sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness. He is currently the law school’s faculty lead for the Navigating Ottawa Resources to Improve Health (NORTH) Clinic.
Professor Chen currently teaches in the areas of public and constitutional law, health law, and immigration and refugee law.
For regular updates on Professor Chen’s research, publication, community engagement, and teaching responsibilities, please visit: www.yybrandonchen.com