RGHL Seminar Series

Aide à la decision et prévnetion du risqué suiciaire: quelles responsabilitiés juridiques?

July 26th, 2023, 12h30-14h00, in person

Laurène Mazeau, a lecturer at the University of Bretagne Occidentale since 2012. She has published extensively on matters relating to the relationship between liability law and science, including topics of decision support, operational research, and automation. Laurène Mazeau was a visiting scholar in July of 2023, and she gave a presentation as part of the RGHL’s Seminar Series. In particular, her presentation discussed the juridical responsibilities associated with the prevention of suicide. 

What happens to people who self-medicate with cannabis after legalization?

March 27th, 2023, 13h00-14h30, in person

Dr. Marilou Gagnon, RN, ACRN, LLM, PhD is a Professor at the UVic School of Nursing and Scientist at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR). She also holds a casual position as Clinical Nurse Specialist in Urban Health at St. Paul’s Hospital where she supports in-hospital harm reduction policy, research, and practice. Her program of research seeks to address gaps in knowledge that have the potential to inform public debate and policies, while also advancing the rights and the health of people who use drugs, people living with HIV, and people experiencing homelessness. Her research explores how the Cannabis Act, as well as British Columbia’s legislative framework, impacts people who self-medicate with cannabis. In this presentation, Dr. Gagnon took a closer look at the regulation of space, smoking, access, and health in the context of legalization. The presentation concluded by raising critical questions and discussing broader implications for public health, policy, and the law.

Le corps réduit à des données? Le droit face au gouvernement numérique des corps. 

February 1st, 2023, 13h00 - 14h30

Yann Favier holds a PhD in private law and is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Université Savoie Mont-Blanc (Chambéry-Annecy, France). For several years now, he has been examining the status of health data as part of his exploratory research into the links between the protection of the human body and digital health data, and studying the impact of artificial intelligence technologies on human rights and medical research activities. His presentation explored the legal and ethical challenges surrounding digital health data. 

Regulating Cannabis for Public Good: Is 'Public Ownership' Model the Answer

November 8th, 2022, 13h00-1430h, on Zoom

Dr. Marta Rychert is a Senior Research Officer in College of Health, Massey University, New Zealand. Her academic work lies at the intersection of public health, policy and law, with particular focus on legal aspects of regulating drugs, cannabis law reform, as well as discipline and regulation of health workforce. Her research analyses socio-legal and policy challenges in drug law reform, with a view to informing effective design of public health regulations that capture the benefits of reform while avoiding the negative effects of large-scale commercial markets. This presentation outlined a framework for understanding cannabis law reform options between decriminalisation and commercial markets, with particular focus on ‘public ownership’ models for legal cannabis sale. The benefits and costs of the ‘public ownership’ model will be presented, drawing on empirical research with key policy stakeholders involved in implementing government-run retail stores for cannabis (Société québécoise du cannabis) in Quebec (Canada), ‘community licensing trusts’ for alcohol in New Zealand and experience with cannabis social clubs in a number of countries.

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