Santéships – Research assistant positions in health law

Santéships provide students with the opportunity to work with faculty on current research initiatives. This program is open to 1st-year Common Law students or 2–3rd year Civil Law students at uOttawa. Selected students will receive $1,000 for 50 hours of work in the January and Winter terms 2019.
To apply, please email a c.v. and cover letter to by 11:59 pm Wednesday November 28 2018.
Cover letters may be addressed generically ("to whom it make concern" or some such).
IMPORTANT: In a line at the top of your cover letter in bold font please rank order the following available topics with 1 = you are most interested and 5 = you are least interested:


The health/religion interplay in cases including assisted dying, requests for exemption by physicians, etc. (Supervisor in Dept. Religious Studies)
Gynecological and obstetrical violence (pelvic exams on anesthetized women, episiotomy performed without consent, etc.). The objective is to map the public denunciations, investigations and/or policies adopted with regard to these practices. As United States and France seem particularly active on this subject, the student must be bilingual and familiar with civil law. (Supervisor in Civil Law)
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) through an intersectional equality lens. In particular, surrogacy and gamete donor registries. Our work interrogates the laws and policies governing ART in Canada and their impact on women, racialized people, LLGBTQ+ people, and those living in other marginalised social locations. (Supervisor in Common Law)
Individual and institutional claims for the right to “opt out” of MAID and Reproductive Care. The contest between sections 2(a) and 15 of the Charter as between those with conscience objections to providing care and those with equality rights to that care.  The research project involves some work in comparative law. The student will be expected to produce a bibliography of secondary literature on various comparative analyses of conscience objections in medical care. The student will also review provincial regulatory regimes in Canada and consider the terms of reference and other governing documents for religiously based hospitals in Canada. (Supervisor in Common Law)
(Supervisor in Common Law)
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