McGill Research Group on Health and Law

Health Law at McGill (picture of Themis and Hermes)

Pathology, Experts and the Law: Lessons from a case study of involuntary admission to psychiatric facilities

18 November 2019, 12h30-14h, New Chancellor Day Hall, room 200

Agnieszka Doll giving her presentation.

On November 18, 2019 many members of the McGill community attended our second seminar of the year.

Dr. Agnieszka Doll’s presentation was centered around involuntary admission into psychiatric facilities, and how legal and psychiatric opinions on patients are created. In particular, she focused on the role of paramedics in the admission process, as first responders generating facts about the mental state of the patient.

Dr. Doll discussed the social relations that impact their work, such as the interplay between their role and the role of psychiatrists, as well as the effect of institutional priorities. (See her abstract.)


Les procès climatiques: pour une approche globale des ordres du droit

Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet

30 septembre 2019, 16h-18h, Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH 16)

Le GRSD était ravi de recevoir plusieurs étudiants ainsi que plusieurs membres de la communauté juridique et académique qui sont venus participer à son premier séminaire de l’automne.

Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet, professeure de droit privé à l'Université Aix-Marseille et spécialiste en droit de l'environnement, a discuté des limites de l’ordre international ainsi que des atouts de l’ordre interne et de l’ordre international dans le contexte des procès climatiques.

Elle a également donné plusieurs exemples internationaux d’actions environnementales contre les états et les entreprises.

Elle a terminé sa présentation en concluant que le succès de ces procès devrait s’obtenir par un mélange de ces ordres du droit.

Un grand merci à la Professeure Hautereau-Boutonnet pour avoir donné cette conférence fort intéressante!


2019 Graduate Health Law Colloquium

3-4 May 2019, McGill University Faculty of Law

Graduate Health Law Colloquium

In early May, graduate students from McGill University and the University of Ottawa came together for a two day colloquium to present on research related to health law and policy. Topics included assisted reproduction in Canada, the legality of transgender reparative therapy, police use of force against persons with mental health disabilities, and medical assistance in dying. The conference was organized by McGill RGHL convenors Lara Khoury and Alana Klein and director for the Ottawa Centre for Health Law Ethics and Policy, Colleen Flood.


DataSanté: Données massives et santé publique

25 April 2019, University of Nantes, France

Lara Khoury, convenor of McGill's Research Group on Health and Law, along with Ma'n H. Zawati, executive director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University both spoke at the international Data Santé colloquium at the University of Nantes. The colloquium took place on April 25, 2019 and explored big data and public health.

View the full program [.pdf].


Health as a social and academic priority

Health issues are at the forefront of modern social preoccupations in Canada. McGill’s Faculty of Law offers an array of opportunities for those who seek to explore these issues through academic study and research.

Public health, aging, health and the environment, biotechnologies, global health, the growing prevalence of obesity and other chronic health conditions and illnesses, HIV/AIDS and the spread of infectious diseases, access to health care institutions and technology, the governance of health care institutions, human rights and health, clinical research and the protection of human research subjects, social diversity and health, and Aboriginal health exemplify topics of preeminence in the minds of Canadians that McGill’s Faculty of Law has also identified as priorities.

A tradition

McGill’s Faculty of Law has a strong tradition in health law. Emeritus Professor Paul-André Crépeau (1975-1994) published a seminal work titled La responsabilité civile du médecin et de l'établissement hospitalier in 1956, which contributed in a major way to the development of Medical Law in Quebec. It houses the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, founded in 1986, whose founding director, Margaret A. Somerville, was a prominent scholar in Bioethics. The Crépeau Centre for Private & Comparative Law, founded in 1975, also demonstrates the Faculty’s commitment to health law through, inter alia, the work of Me Pierre Deschamps C.M., Project Director - Medical Law and the Ethics of Research and Organisations.

Teaching and research in health law

McGill University and its Faculty of Law offer an exceptional and unique space for transsystemic, comparative and pluridisciplinary pedagogy and scholarship on health law matters. A number of courses that address health law and policy questions are offered to our undergraduate and graduate students. Several colleagues also act as supervisors to graduate students working on projects that deal with issues of health and medical law.

Health research initiatives underway at McGill’s Faculty of Law investigate diverse themes of pressing importance within both academic and societal realms. The Law Faculty is also host to various research centres which oversee work bearing a direct impact on health issues. In recognition of the growing importance of this discipline, the McGill Research Group on Health and Law was formed with a view to advancing health law research within the Faculty of Law.

Vibrant student initiatives

Students at McGill Law are also at the core of the Faculty’s commitment to teaching and research in the area of health law. The Faculty-wide enthusiasm for health law studies is demonstrated by student initiatives such as the McGill Journal of Law and Health.