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Colleen Flood (Common Law) – Director

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Professor Flood’s research focuses on comparative health care policy, public/private funding of health care systems, health care reform, and accountability and governance issues. Other research has focused on administrative law, accessibility in health care, and health care issues in the context of the Constitution and the Charter.


Lori Beaman (Classics and Religious Studies)

Lori Beaman is the Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change. Her research examines how the increase in those identifying as nonreligious is changing the religious landscape. The potential impact of this shift is profound, yet the contours of it have yet to be fully explored. Understanding the range of interactions between these groups by mapping sites of conflict and negotiation is one task of this programme of research. Another is to discover how differences are negotiated or conflict is intensified. Ultimately, this research will identify non-conflictual approaches to diversities across the religion/nonreligion spectrum.


Louise Bélanger-Hardy (Common Law)

Professor Bélanger-Hardy’s research focuses on tort law and medical law as well as common law in French, legal writing, and pedagogy. Her current research projects in tort law include the notion of recognizable psychiatric injury and the remoteness in negligence law. Her current research projects in health law include law and psychology scholarship, and adverse events in hospital settings.


Sarah Berger Richardson (Common Law)

Sarah Berger Richardson était durant la dernière année boursière Schulich et Visiting Fellow à l’Université Dalhousie à Halifax et elle est sur le point d’obtenir son doctorat en droit à l’Université McGill. Elle détient une maîtrise (mention summa cum laude) de l’Université de Tel Aviv (2013-2014) ainsi qu’un baccalauréat en droit civil et common law de l’Université McGill (2008-2011). Durant son parcours universitaire exceptionnel, elle a reçu de nombreux prix, bourses et subventions, notamment la bourse Joseph-Armand Bombardier du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada (2015-2018). Elle partage déjà avec la communauté le fruit de ses travaux scientifiques par la publication de nombreux articles avec comités de lecture et par la présentation de conférences dans des colloques nationaux et internationaux. Ses recherches portent sur des thèmes importants que l’Université d’Ottawa souhaite développer, notamment la réglementation et les politiques relatives à l’industrie agro-alimentaire et à l’agriculture.  Sarah Berger Richardson entretient déjà d’importants liens avec des organismes publics et parapublics dans le domaine.


Ivy Lynn Bourgeault (Management)

Professor Bourgealt’s research interests include health professions, health policy and women’s health.  Her recent work focuses on the migration of health professionals and their integration into he Canadian health care system.


Angela Cameron (Common Law)

Professor Cameron’s research focuses on social justice with a particular focus on the equality interests of women. Other research areas include reproductive technologies law, criminal law, restorative justice, property law, family law, legal theory, sociological approaches to law, and human rights law.


Stefanie Carsley (Common Law)

Stefanie Carsley's research focuses on Canadian law and policy responses to assisted reproduction (in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood and sperm, egg and embryo donation). Her 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.


Jennifer Chandler (Common Law)

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Professor Chandler’s research focuses on the law and ethics of neuroscience including law and memory, the use of neuroscientific and behavioural genetic evidence in courts, legally-coerced consent to medical treatment in the context of criminal rehabilitation, capacity-enhancing medical treatment, death determination criteria, and family decision-making around end of life and organ donation.


Y.Y. Chen (Common Law)

Professor Chen’s research interests lie primarily at the interface between health care and international migration. His scholarly work explores how the intersection between these two fields affects the struggle for social justice both domestically and globally. He has published in both academic journals and popular media on subjects relating to migrant health care, medical tourism, HIV/AIDS, and the right to health, among others. He currently teaches “Introduction to Public & Constitutional Law” and “Studies in Public Law: International Migration & Health.”


Karen Eltis (Civil Law)

Karen Eltis is full Professor of Law (professeure titulaire) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa (Canada) and an Affiliate with Princeton’s CITP (Center for Information Technology Policy) 2016-2018. A past director of the Human Rights Centre, Karen specializes in innovation law, privacy and cybersecurity from a comparative perspective. She served as Senior Advisor to the National Judicial Institute and has taught at Columbia Law School. Fluent in French, English, Hebrew, Spanish and Romanian and proficient in German and Italian, Professor Eltis holds law degrees from McGill University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Ottawa, Karen was a litigation associate in New York City. Her research on privacy was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (in the landmark case A.B. v. Bragg, 2012) and other Canadian and foreign courts. Karen’s latest book is titled “Courts, Litigants and the Digital Age: Second Edition” (Irwin Law, 2016) supported by the CIRA grant. Her research on Artificial Intelligence and Expression is supported by the Foundation for Legal Research.


Patrick Fafard (Public and International Affairs)

Professor Fafard’s current research interest is public health policy, specifically governance of public health and the role of knowledge and evidence in public health policy. He also has a longstanding interest in Canadian federalism and intergovernmental relations including their impact on health services delivery and various aspects of public health.


Paul Fedoroff (Psychiatry)

Professor Fedoroff’s research interests include the assessment and treatment of paraphilic sexual disorders and prevention of sex crimes.  He has a special interest in individuals with developmental delay or brain injury.


Audrey Ferron Parayre (Civil Law)

• Droit et politique de la santé
• Droits et libertés de la personne
• Sociologie et effectivité du droit
• Responsabilité professionnelle
• Transfert des connaissances


Daphne Gilbert (Common Law)

Professor Gilbert specializes in criminal, constitutional and comparative constitutional law. Her research interests lie primarily in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with a particular emphasis on equality rights, reproductive rights and animals and the law.


Michelle Giroux (Civil Law) 

Professor Giroux’s research focuses on medical law and bioethics, human rights law, family law, and children’s law. Her research has focused on rights and end of life care, public health, and assisted reproduction, specifically the right to know one’s origins and surrogacy.


Vanessa Gruben (Common Law) 

Professor Gruben’s research focuses on the regulation of assisted human reproduction including third party reproduction, the regulation and funding of assisted reproductive technologies and the constitutionality of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Other research interests include organ donation and the regulation of health professionals. Professor Gruben teaches in the areas of property law, family law, access to health care and public health law.


Simon Hatcher (Psychiatry)

Dr. Simon Hatcher is currently Vice-Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
• Depression
• Psychiatry
• Suicide


Martha Jackman (Common Law)

Professor Jackman’s research focuses on Constitutional law with particular interest in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the rights of women and other disadvantaged groups. Other research areas include Charter health law work and projects aimed at enhancing the ability of community groups to advocate for social rights.


Craig Kuziemsky (Management)

Dr. Kuziemsky’s research focuses on developing innovative approaches for modeling collaborative healthcare delivery so we can better design information and communication technology (ICT) to support collaborative healthcare delivery. His work has defined the structural aspects necessary to support collaboration as well as the behavioural and social processes that shape how the structural components work. His studies of collaboration have used concepts such as complexity theory to understand the nature of collaborative interactions in different healthcare settings (clinical healthcare and public health for disaster management). Dr. Kuziemsky is also interested in the different contexts in which collaboration occurs and how these contexts influence ICT design and evaluation.


Jamie Chai Yun Liew (Common Law)

Jamie Chai Yun Liew is an expert in immigration and refugee law, administrative law, public law and poverty law. Jamie’s current research examines the meaning of citizenship in Canada, gendered implications of Canadian law on migrants, and how Canada’s immigration and refugee system marginalizes those navigating the process.


Katherine Lippel (Civil Law)

Professor Lippel’s research focuses on occupational health and safety law, including prevention of work accidents and occupational disease, workers' compensation, disability prevention and rehabilitation. Many of her projects examine OHS issues raised by precarious employment and much of her research applies a gender based analysis. Her studies on legal issues related to specific occupational health problems focus on mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and cancer.


Maureen McTeer (Common Law)

Maureen McTeer is a visiting professor in the faculty of common law at the university of Ottawa, and is currently a member of the advisory committee of the uOttawa centre for health law, policy and ethics. She is a graduate of the university of Ottawa (BA, LL.B.), Dalhousie university (LL.M. Health Law) and Sheffield university (Masters in biotechnological law & ethics), and has held academic appointments at both Canadian and American universities.  She has been awarded four honorary degrees from universities in Canada and the UK.
As an expert on health and medical law and public policy, she has lectured at universities in North America, and has presented at conferences on the key current legal and policy issues raised by science and technology in the fields of clinical health and research.  She is the author of four books, including “Tough Choices: Living and Dying in the 21st Century”; and was a member of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, whose report appeared in the Lancet in 2017. 
She has served in many volunteer capacities, including as a founding member and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre in Ottawa; a lay member of the National Council of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada; a lay member of the Accreditation Committee of Canadian Medical Schools; a mentor for the Trudeau Foundation; co-Chair of the National Experts Commission of the Canadian Nurses Association, a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, and the Ottawa Heart Institute; a Canadian representative of the international White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood; and a national Patron of the Canadian Osteoporosis Society.


Jason Nickerson (Medicine)

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Dr. Nickerson's work focuses on three areas: health systems strengthening in humanitarian emergencies; access to essential medicines for pain relief, palliative care, and anesthesia; and the management of chronic respiratory diseases. Internationally, Jason’s work focuses on how to maintain a minimally functional health system that responds to people’s needs during humanitarian emergencies. In Canada, Jason works mostly on issues related to the management of chronic respiratory diseases.


Chidi Oguamanam (Common Law)

Professor Oguamanam’s research focuses on global knowledge governance especially in the context of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, and agricultural biotechnology. Other research has focused on the intersections of knowledge systems, particularly western science and the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities.


Michael Orsini (Political Studies)

Professor Orsini’s main areas of research interest are in health politics and policy, and the role of social movements in policy processes. His substantive areas of interest include autism, HIV/AIDS and illnesses that affect marginalized people. Other research interests include qualitative research and interpretive policy analysis.


Christine Straehle (Public and International Affairs; Philosophy)

Christine Straehle' research is in the domain of health ethics and health justice. Her research interests lie in questions of justice in health access, vulnerability and the conditions of autonomy in health and questions of health inequality locally and globally.


Pascal Thibeault (Common Law)

Pascal Thibeault is Associate Director of CHLPE. He is an expert in health and technology law. Before joining us, he held positions in Toronto as in-house counsel at Medtronic, one of the worldwide leaders in medical technology, and at Cision. Pascal studied Law at Laval University, Harvard University, and the University of Toronto. During his studies Pascal was a CIHR Fellow in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, and was a Summer Fellow at Yale University. His research focused on using behavioural economics to improve health outcomes. 


Kumanan Wilson (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Wilson is a specialist in General Internal Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital.  Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on public health policy including blood safety, health surveillance, pandemic preparedness and immunization. 


Michael Wolfson (Epidemiology and Public Health)

Professor Wolfson’s research involves using computer simulation models to integrate evidence from large population data sets to better understand what makes people healthy or ill. This research will yield new insights and support better policies to improve the health of Canadians by posing appropriate “what if” questions, and using models to simulate likely scenarios.
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