H-Pod Co-Directors

Jean-Louis Denis

Holder of the Canada Research Chair in health systems transformation, design and improvement / Professor,
School of Public Health, University of Montreal / Associate researcher, Research center of University of Montreal Academic Health Center (CRCHUM)

Jean-Louis Denis is a Professor at the Department of Health Management, Evaluation and Policy at the University of Montreal School of Public Health, as well as the holder of the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in health system design and adaptation, and a researcher at CRCHUM. Mr Denis’s expertise in health systems’ management, organization and governance has been recognized with his nomination as a fellow of the Canadian Royal Society in 2002, as a fellow of the Canadian Academy for Health Sciences in 2009 and to the title of fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences in 2019 for his exceptional contributions to the fields of health policy and management. His research work is currently focused on the emergence of learner health systems within Canada’s academic healthcare centers, on the transformative capacity of health systems, on the role medical professionals play in healthcare reform, and how the normative leadership of the World Health Organization affects the development of national health policies.

In 2019, he co-founded the Health Policy, Organizations and Law Hub (H-POD) with Professor Catherine Regis from the University of Montreal Law Faculty. This platform aims to promote and contribute to comparative and transdisciplinary research on health systems. He is a visiting professor at the King’s College London Faculty of Social Science’s Department of Management, president of the INESSS Scientific Council (Quebec), as well as a member of the ANAP Scientific and Steering Council (France). His research has been published in Perspectives on Public Governance and Management, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Organization Science, Academy of Management Annals, Milbank Quarterly, Administration and Society, Implementation Science and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He became co-editor of the Palgrave Organizational Behaviour in Healthcare monograph series in 2016. He was a member of the leadership group on the implementation of pancanadian healthcare organizations in the Federal Ministry of Health between July 2018 and February 2019. 

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Catherine Régis

Holder of the Canada Research Chair in collaborative culture in health law and policy / Professor, University of Montreal Law Faculty /
Special Advisor and Associate Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Communications, University of Montreal

Catherine Régis is a full professor in the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Law, holds the Canada Research Chair on Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy, is co-director of the Health Policy, Organizations and Law Hub (H-POD) and a founding member of the JusticIA research group (justice-ia.com). She is also a researcher at the Public Law Research Centre, the Research Centre of the University of Montreal Health Centre (CR-CHUM), the International Observatory on the Social Impacts of Artificial Intelligence (OBVIA), and MILA (Québec Institute for AI). She is also vice-rector, planning and strategic communications

Professor Régis has received numerous prizes, bursaries and grants, notably from the Canada Research Chairs, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fonds de recherche du Québec, the Ministry of International Relations and the Francophonie, and the Georg Stellari Foundation. She collaborates with a number of interdisciplinary international research teams, notably in medicine, artificial intelligence, management, engineering and psychology. She participates on various committees in digital innovation and the health sector, including the Working Group on responsible AI of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) the ethics committee of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the University of Montreal’s committee on data science. She is frequently invited as visiting professor in various countries, including France and Israel. Her work has been published in numerous national and international journals focusing on digital innovation in health (including AI), collaborative governance in health systems, the normative action of the World Health Organization, innovative models of medical practice and the prevention and resolution of health inequities. 

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Advisory Committee

Alicia Ely Yamin

Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and Senior Advisor on Human Rights at Partners in Health

Alicia Ely Yamin is currently a Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and Senior Advisor on Human Rights at Partners in Health. Yamin is also Research Leader of the Gender, Sexuality and the Law Unit at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation, and a member of the Bergen Centre on Ethics and Priority Setting (both in Bergen, Norway).

In addition, she is an Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population at the  Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, as well as an affiliate of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

From 2016-18, Yamin was a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center; from 2011-2016 she was a Lecturer in Law and Public Health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, as well as serving as Policy Director at Harvard’s Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights. 

Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Yamin’s more than 25 year career at the intersection of global health and human rights has bridged academia and activism, as well as law and global health/development. Yamin has lived and worked in Latin America and East Africa for half of her professional life, working with and through local advocacy organizations. 

Known globally for her trans-disciplinary scholarship in relation to economic and social rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the right to health, Yamin has contributed to the work of human rights treaty-monitoring bodies, UN Special Procedures, and reports prepared for Human Rights Council, as well as to expert groups at the WHO.

In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin as one of ten international global health experts to the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She currently serves on the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology Assessments for the SDGs, as well as the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health.

In 2011, Yamin was named by the Colombian Constitutional Court as an Independent Expert on the implementation of  T 760/08, a major judgment that led to significant health care reform. She was also the only non-Kenyan appointed to the oversight committee for health matters of the Constitutional Implementation Commission in relation to the 2010 Kenyan Constitution. She regularly provides testimony and guidance to tribunals and legislative bodies around the globe, regarding the application of international and constitutional law to health issues. 

Yamin has published over one hundred academic articles in both law journals and peer-reviewed public health journals, in English and Spanish. Her latest book is When Misfortune Becomes Injustice: Evolving Human Rights Struggles for Health and Social Equality (Stanford University Press, 2020).

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Carolyn Hughes Tuohy

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and founding fellow of Public Policy at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Carolyn Tuohy is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and founding member in Public Policy at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She holds at BA from the University of Toronto, an MA and a PhD in Political Science from Yale University. She is a specialist in comparative public policy, with a focus on social policy. Her most recent book is Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace, and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform (University of Toronto Press, 2018). Her previous publications include Accidental Logics: the Dynamics of Change in the Health Care Arena in the United States, Britain and Canada (Oxford University Press 1999) and Policy and Politics in Canada: Institutionalized Ambivalence (Temple University Press 1992), three books she co-edited, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on social and health policy, professional regulation, and comparative approaches in public policy.

As Deputy Provost and as Vice-President, Government and Institutional Relations, she was a senior administrator at the University of Toronto between 1992 and 2005. She has been a member of the administrative councils of the Institute for Clinical Evaluation Sciences (ICES), and Vice-Chair of the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Work and Health and of the Canadian Heath Services Research Foundation (now the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement). She is currently a member of the CIEM Scientific Advisory Committee, as a well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Senior Fellow at Massey College.

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Denis A. Roy

Vice-President, Clinical Science and Governance, National Institute for Health and Social Services Excellence (INESSS)

Dr Roy is currently Vice-President of Clinical Science and Governance at the National Institute for Health and Social Services Excellence (INESSS). INESSS aims to promote clinical excellence and the efficient use of resources in the health and social services sectors. Dr Roy is a doctor specialized in Public Health.

His professional experience includes a series of management roles in the health sector, in particular as vice-president of scientific affairs at the National Institute of Public Health in Quebec, and the director of information and knowledge management at the Agency for Health and Social Services for Montérégie.

Dr Roy holds a medical degree from Laval University, a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkley, as well as a master’s degree in Epidemiology and a certificate of specialisation in community health from McGill University. He also receives funding from the Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and Practice, managed by the Commonwealth Fund.

Dr Roy is an associate clinical professor at University of Montreal’s Department of Social and Preventative Medicine. In addition, he is a professor at the Sherbrooke University Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty, as well as an adjunct professor at McGill University.

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Éric Montpetit

Professor at the University of Montreal Department of Social Policy / Associate-dean of professorial affairs in the Arts and Sciences Faculty.

I am a Professor at the University of Montreal Department of Social Policy and the associate-dean of professorial affairs in the Arts and Sciences Faculty.

I completed my doctorate in comparative and Canadian public policy at McMaster University in 1999. My research is focused on the behaviour of public policy actors (interest groups, public servants, public opinion, etc) and on the politics of scientific expertise in Europe and North America. My publications cover different public policy topics such as soil contamination, biotechnology, energy, climate change and public health. I receive funding for my research from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

In 2006, my book Misplaced Distrust was awarded the Lynton Keith Caldwell prize by the American Association for Political Science. This prize recognizes the best book on environmental policy published in the three previous years. My most recent book, In Defense of Pluralism, was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press.

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Ghislaine Cleret de Langavant

Director of the Office for Responsible Conduct of Research / associate professor, University of Montreal School of Public Health

Ghislaine Cleret de Langavant is a researcher associated with the Canada Research Chair of collaborative culture in health law and policy (since 2017). She has been the director of the Office for Responsible Conduct of Research (BCRR) at the University of Montreal since January 2017. In this role, she ensures the administrative management and scientific strategy of the BCRR whose mandate includes 1) the ethical framing of research involving humans, 2) the ethical framing of research involving animals, 3) the management of allegations regarding insufficient scientific integrity, 4) supporting, raising awareness and training the research community on ethics in research and responsible conduct, which includes health and safety in laboratories. Ms Ghislaine Cleret de Langavant holds a doctorate in biomedical science, a master’s degree in nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. Ghislaine de Langavant has been a professor with the University of Montreal Department of Health Administration since 2004.

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Young Researchers

Stéphanie B. M. Cadeddu

Post-doctoral researcher, CHUM Research Center and University of Montreal’s Centre for Research in Prospective Law

Stéphanie Cadeddu is a post-doctoral researcher at CHUM Research Center and University of Montreal’s Centre for Research in Prospective Law.

She received her doctorate in the management of frugal innovation in 2018 from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne (Australia). Her thesis focused on the process of frugal innovation in small and medium sized firms, as they respond to bottom-of-the-pyramid market constraints in developing countries.

Her post-doctoral project focuses on the strategies and organizational structures that underpin so-called « bottom-up » innovations in the Canadian healthcare system. She is also focused on a second project involving responsible innovation, as well as frugal innovation in healthcare in developing countries. Stephanie also works with the WHO and the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute at Swinburne University’s assistance technology community, with the aim of introducing and combining frugal innovation with health equipment in developing countries.

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Édouard Habib

Doctoral candidate, Prospective Law Research Centre (CRDP), Université de Montréal and Health law Center (CDSA) Aix-Marseille University

Edouard Habib is a student-researcher and doctoral candidate at the University of Montreal and Aix-Marseille University; his thesis is co-supervised by Professor Catherine Regis (UM) and Ms Guylène Nicolas. The main objective of his doctoral thesis is to determine the necessary adaptations for healthcare systems as part of an interdisciplinary and European Union/Canada comparative approach.

Edouard Habib holds a double bachelor’s degree in law and public administration, in addition to two master’s degrees, one in public law, and one in private health law. During these studies he specialized in public health law and bioethics. After having focused his research on the legal, ethical and economic aspects of medical innovation, he is now aiming to better understand the transformations caused by the development of personalized medicine and precision healthcare in contemporary society. In January 2019, he became an adjunct researcher in the University of Montreal Cyberjustice Laboratory, where he is studying the practical application of new technology in the justice system in the 21st century.

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Alexia Argiolas

Doctoral candidate under the supervision of Professor Catherine Régis at the University of Montreal

Holder of a Master II in Business Law with a specialization in Health Law at the University of Lorraine in France, I completed my thesis on the issue of the right to die. This is how I was able to understand the growing legal interest in this issue, noting that this right is the subject of perpetual debate, in many countries. Now doctoral candidate under the supervision of Professor Catherine Régis at the University of Montreal, my research focuses on the theme of the right to die from a comparative French and Quebecois law perspective. 

If the condition of man is to be mortal, evoking the right to die makes it possible to deal legally with the desire to end his life. However, the evolution of technologies and medical techniques result in the creation or in the increasing length of life. The border between the desire and the duty to stay alive seems, therefore, to be an essential question that our modern societies must address.

Thus, the objective of this research is to analyze the construction and impact of the right to die in France and Quebec. By contrasting the originalities and shortcomings of our laws, we gain a better understanding of our national law. In particular, this makes it possible to propose avenues for improvement in the long term.

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Marie-Andrée Girard

Doctoral candidate at the University of Montreal Law Faculty and paediatric anaesthetist

Following the awarding of her doctorate in medicine from Sherbrooke University in 2004, Dr Marie-Andrée Girard decided to complete her residency in anaesthesiology, all while maintaining a strong link with the medical field via the Federation of Medical Residents of Quebec.

She confirmed her interest in ethics and law by obtaining a master’s in health law from Sherbrooke University during her residency.

Following her specialiszation training in paediatric anaesthesiology in Marseille in 2010, she now works at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center (Canada), as well as remote hospital centers such as the CSSS in Inuulitsivik, Puvirnituq (Canada).

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Janine Badr

Doctoral candidate in public health at the University of Montreal

Following her training as nurse, then 10 years of teaching at universities, Janine Badr is currently pursuing her training in public health in the doctoral program, in order to develop and reinforce her research skills in both public health and in the analysis of healthcare policy and systems.

Her research focuses on connected health in Quebec. She aims to explore the perceptions of different healthcare actors in the use of information and connected technologies in their practices, and also to explore the impact these technologies can have on the personalisation of care and the partnership with the patient. Furthermore, Janine Badr is interested in the political and legal framework that governs the deployment of these technologies and the training challenges they pose.

Her research interests also include the role of the partner patient and their place in care governance and decisions.

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Maëlenn Corfmat

Doctoral candidate in law at the University of Montreal and Paris Descartes University

Maelenn Corfmat is an internationally co-supervised doctoral candidate in law at the University of Montreal and Paris Descartes University. Her supervisors are Professor Catherine Régis and Professor Anne Debet.

Her research project is mainly focused on the regulation of artificial intelligence models in the healthcare sector in the face of data protection questions, with a European Union/ Canada / United States comparative approach.

Maelenn Corfmat previously worked for three years as a lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry. The aim of her research project is to offer solutions best adapted to the real-world problems of actors on the ground.

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Yan Bertrand

Doctoral candidate in public health at the University of Montreal

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in medical physics from the University of Montreal, Yan began his second master’s degree, in healthcare services administration in autumn 2017. From autumn 2019, he took an accelerated entry into a public health doctorate in the management of healthcare organizations and policies stream, under the supervision of Professor Jean-Louis Denis. His thesis topic covers learner healthcare systems. In parallel to his studies, Yan is heavily involved in student associations. He was for example elected to the role of academic affairs coordinator for undergraduate students at FAECUM in 2013-2014. He then became student president for medical physics students in Quebec, a post he held from 2015 to 2017. He has also been the representative of the University of Montreal School of Public Health Department’s of Healthcare Management, Evaluation and Policy since 2017.

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Jonathan Lapointe

Doctoral candidate in public health at the University of Montreal

Jonathan Lapointe is a doctoral candidate in public health at the University of Montreal School of Public Health (ESPUM) under the supervision of Professor Aude Motulsky, where he works on the integration and emergence of healthcare technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology engineering from the Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), as well as master’s degree in healthcare services administration from the University of Montreal. For the past few years, he has been particularly interested in the use of information technologies for the benefit of patients, and has over four years of experience as technological advisor in telehealth at the Estrie – CHUS CIUSSS.

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Laure Baglinière

Doctoral candidate in law at the University of Montreal and Paris Descartes University / Member of the Quebec Bar​

Laure Baglinière is a doctoral candidate in law, supervised by Professor Catherine Régis (University of Montreal) and Anne Laude (Paris Descartes University). Her thesis topic is mediation as a tool to improve health quality. She is interested more generally in dispute prevention and resolution methods in health with a Canada, France and United States comparative approach. 

Laure Baglinière has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2013.

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Laurence Largenté

Doctoral candidate in law at the University of Montreal

Laurence Largenté is doctoral candidate in law (LLD) at the University of Montreal, where she is supervised by Professor Patrick A. Molinari.

As a lecturer at the University of Montreal and Sherbrooke University Law faculties, she has been teaching the DRT 1810s (X and W) course for students preparing for their PhDs in dental medicine and optometry since 2011. She also teaches the following courses: health law (DRT 3810), pharmaceutical law (DRT 6973 and DRT 603-769) as well as ethics and life sciences (BIM 707).

Her research is focused on Canadian and European Union pharmaceutical law, Quebecois health law, ethics and comparative law.

She is particularly interested in the legal integration of risk management in healthcare systems, and in the pharmaceutical sector. Her interests also cover off-label use of medications and therapeutic drug-use. Epistemologically, she advocates for the theory of global governance in healthcare (globalisation and Global Administrative Law).

An art lover, she has been the founding president of the Pass’Art (ACSED) committee since 2016. This committee aims to facilitate access to art and culture for post-graduate law students at the University of Montreal.

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Clara Champagne

Master’s degree in individualized studies (M. Sc.) student at the University of Montreal

Clara Champagne is a student in the individual master’s course (M.Sc) at the University of Montreal. She holds a double bachelor’s degree in law (B.C.L/L.L.B) from McGill University. She is currently preparing her master’s thesis on the resistance to scientific knowledge under the supervision of Professor Daniel Weinstock and Professor Jean-Louis Denis. She has been part of the H-Pod team since November 2019. 

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Élizabeth
Côté-Boileau

Doctoral candidate, researcher in health sciences, Sherbrooke University (Longueuil)/ Expert-advisor, Healthcare Standards Organization (HSO)

Élizabeth Côté-Boileau is a doctoral candidate in research in health sciences at the Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty at Sherbrooke University (Longueuil, Quebec). She also holds a scholarship from the Health Research Fund – Quebec (FRQS). Her research is focused on the dynamics of governance, and the reinforcement of capacity in the context of large-scale transformations of public healthcare systems, with a particular emphasis on the management of innovation performance. Her thesis focuses on the systems (tools) and management behaviours integrated into performance that are used to develop public healthcare systems based on value. Elizabeth has varied experience as an expert advisor within pan-canandian non-profit organizations such as the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) (2016-18), and the Healthcare Standards Organization (2019 to present). Elizabeth is also involved in various national and international scientific communities such as the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) where she was an active member between 2016 and 2018, and has been co-president of the Student Working Group and member of the Board (since 2018), the Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare (SHOC) as the co-founder and co-president of the Early Career Hub (2018 to present), and the Health, Policy, Organizations and Law Hub (H-Pod) at the University of Montreal as a student-researcher (2018 to present).

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Isabelle Ruelland

Sociologist, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher (CRSH), University of Montreal, CHUM Research Center and Center for Public Organization, Value, and Innovation at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.​

Isabelle Ruelland is a postdoctoral researcher (CRSH) within the Health, Policy, Organizations and Law Hub (H-POD) at the University of Montreal and at the Center for Public Organization, Value, and Innovation at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. She is also an associate researcher at the InterActions Research and Knowledge-Sharing Centre at CAU-CIUSSS in Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. Elle teaches at the Human Sciences and Communication faculties at UQAM, as well as at the Graudate and Postdoctoral Studies faculty at the University of Montreal.  

Isabelle is specialized in the study of co-analysis spaces and the co-management of intersectoral networks in local healthcare involving vulnerable citizens. As part of her thesis in sociology, she studied deliberation spaces and collective single decision-making (called « rodas », meaning circle in Portuguese), and their influence on social health inequality in a local mental health network in Campinas (Sao Paulo State, Brazil) in depth.

Her postdoctoral research project proposes to build an integrated approach of multiple case studies of local mental health networks in vulnerable urban neighbourhoods such as North-Montreal (Montreal), as well as neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Toronto. This study will produce new conceptual tools with the aim of developing paths to the democratization underway in movements that are citizen-led, interprofessional and intersectoral, that currently take the form of hybrid local mental health networks, to determine the effectiveness of these tools, and to analyse the potential to transfer these tools to other networks. More globally, the research aims to establish criteria to re-establish or produce a dialogue between stakeholders with varied interests and knowledge in order to determine the practices that will allow for a better institutional integration of social innovations that emerge from community environments and citizen experiences.

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Susan Usher

Doctoral candidate, National School of Public Health

Susan Usher, M.A. (Political Economy) is a doctoral student at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP). Her doctoral researcher focuses on public and patient participation as leverage in the transformation of healthcare systems. She is the director of the Forum for Healthcare Innovation, and, in cooperation with the McGill University Health Center, works to create discussion and exchange that contribute to overcoming the obstacles to delivering quality healthcare.

Over her 25 year leadership of the Department of Health Policy and of Publications at Parkhurst Publishing, she was able to work with decision-makers and professionals from the healthcare field, as well as patient groups. She organized conferences and round tables, produced reports and published reviews whose aim was to support the development of the actors of the sector’s skills, and to favour the improvement of healthcare systems in Canada.

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Marie Zumstein

Doctoral candidate

Marie Zumstein is a doctoral candidate in law, in the innovation, science and technology stream. Following from her master’s thesis, also supervised by Professor Catherine Regis, Marie’s doctoral thesis focuses on the legal personality of future powerful artificial intelligence, in particular regarding their rights and responsibilities.

Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in international and European law from University of Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne). She then studied anthropology, and obtained a certificate of international cooperation from the University of Montreal. This was to ensure she was not limited only to the field of law, and was able to expand her reflections as part of a pluridisciplinary approach. After returning to law for her post-graduate studies, her thinking brought her to consider the space given to AI, and in particular, its relationship with humans. Since then, her interest has continued to grow, and so she decided to continue her reflections in a doctorate.

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Audrey Ferron Parayre

Associate professor at the University of Ottawa Law Faculty

Audrey Ferron Parayre is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa Law Faculty, in the civil law section, and is a member of the University of Ottawa Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics. Her research and teaching interests focus on human rights, health law, fundamental rights and liberties, the effectiveness of law, and the transfer of knowledge. Her interdisciplinary career has allowed her to use empirical research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, in her different research projects.

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in law, and having practised in a private law firm for nearly two years, professor Ferron Parayre began a research master’s degree in public health during which she validated a psychometric tool used to identify decisional conflict in patients (Validation of SURE, a Four-Item Clinical Checklist for Detecting Decisional Conflict in Patients).

During her master’s degree, she was made more aware of the challenges involved in the active participation of patients in healthcare decisions, and her doctoral work is focused on the effectiveness of consenting to care in the development of a patient’s autonomy. Supervised by Professor Catherine Regis (University of Montreal), the analysis of professor Ferron Parayre focuses as much on observed clinical practices through an empirical methodology, as on the legal discussion that surrounds healthcare consent and personal autonomy. Professor Ferron Parayre has received Canada higher education Frederick-Banting and Charles-Best funds from the Canadian Health Research Institutes (IRSC) for her doctoral project, as well as funding from Knowledge Translation Canada (KT Canada). She also completed research residencies at the Montpellier 1 University and Paris Descartes University (Paris V) in the winter of 2013-14.

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Gaëlle Foucault

Doctoral candidate in international public law, University of Montreal

After obtaining a masters in international law at Université de Lyon III, Gaëlle Foucault is currently a doctoral candidate at University of Montreal supervised by Professors Isabelle Duplessis and Amissi Manirabona. Her research is a  critical analysis of the institutional system established between the International Criminal Court and the United Nations.  Passionate about international law, she participates in various research projects focused on international organizations, human rights and international criminal justice. She is affiliated to CÉRIUM, CICC and to H-Pod. Since late 2019, at H-Pod, she works with Catherine Régis, Jean Louis Denis, Miriam Cohen, Pierre Larouche et Stéphanie Caddedu on the Normative action of the World Health Organization project. 

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Katérie Lapka

Master's Student in international law

Katérie Lapka has a Bachelor’s in political science specialized in international relations from UQAM. She is currently working on her Master’s in public international law (L.L.M) at University of Montreal, supervised by Professor Isabelle Duplessis. Her research focuses on the impunity of sexual violence during the 2010 post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Alex Silva Oliveira

Doctoral candidate at University of Montreal

Alex Silva Oliveira is a doctoral candidate (L.L.D.) from University of Montreal, under the supervision of Professor Miriam Cohen. His research aims to empirically verify the role of the individual within the development of the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Alex Silva Oliveira holds a master’s degree in law, specifically in the area of ​​public international law, from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is a researcher at the Center for Studies and Research in The Hague, where he studied state responsibility in epidemic situations. He is also a researcher at the Centre de Recherche de Droit Public (CRDP), linked to the University of Montreal, of the International Center for Human Rights of São Paulo, linked to the San Tiago Dantas chair of the Law Academy of São Paulo (CIDHSP / APD) since 2019, and associate member of the Brazilian Society of Cognitive Sciences (SBCC) since 2017. Alex is interested in general public international law, international responsibility, international procedural law, fundamental rights, human rights as well as the philosophy of international law.

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Paula Espinoza Klaric

Juris Doctor candidate at University of Montreal

Holder of a Bachelor’s of Law (L.L.B.)  from  University of Montreal, Paula Espinoza Klaric had the opportunity to study at China Political Science and Law University, as well as Università degli studi di Milano. She is currently completing her Juris Doctor at University of Montreal.

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Ido Alon

Post-doctoral researcher

Ido Alon conducted his Ph.D. at the Autonomous University of Madrid where he compared regulatory and bioethical approaches to assisted reproductive technologies between Israeli and Spanish physicians, researchers, and policymakers He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG) where he focused on science, technology, and innovation. He is currently working on a systematic literature review project with Professor Vardit Ravitsky, aiming at mapping Social Sciences and Humanities studies of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

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Thomas Grenier

L.L.B. Student at University of Montreal

Thomas Grenier is a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) student at the University of Montreal. Before beginning his legal studies, he developed his multidisciplinary and geopolitical abilities as part of his university studies through his background in International Studies.

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Sophie Poirier

L.L.B. Student at University of Montreal

After studying health sciences  at Jean-de-Brébeuf College, Sophie is particularly interested in the interposition between natural sciences and law. Indeed, she is currently a member of the youth council of the Chief Scientific Advisor of Canada, Dre. Mona Nemer. Her many implications earned her the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal. At the legal level, Sophie is involved in the Constitutional Law and International Amnesty Committee of the Faculty of Law at University of Montreal.

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Nathalie Voarino

Postdoctoral researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public  (CRDP - Université de Montréal)

Nathalie is a postdoctoral fellow at H-POD and recipient of postdoctoral funding from the OBVIA (International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology. Her research focuses on the ethical governance of artificial intelligence (AI) in a global health context. She also contributes to the coordination and analysis of a research project “Enhancing the normative leadership of the World Health Organization”.

She recently obtained a PhD in bioethics. Her thesis project focuses on the risks and ethical issues of digital innovation in health and the associated social responsibility issues. She was previously the scientific coordinator of the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of AI. As part of this project, she participated in the development of the Declaration, in the facilitation and analysis of citizen discussions that took place as part of a co-construction process that brought together more than 500 people. She has developed, through various projects with normative objectives, an expertise in qualitative and participatory research methods as well as a marked interest in responsible innovation.

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Nathan De Tracey

L.L.B. student at Université de Montréal

Having completed studies in Political Science at McGill University (BA) before starting his law studies at the University of Montreal, Nathan is mainly interested in international law and international relations between member states of international organizations, as well as with international institutions.

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Associated Researchers

Aude Motulsky

Assistant professor, University of Montreal School of Public Health / Director of the Healthcare Digital Transformation Laboratory (LabTNS)

Aude Motulsky is an assistant professor at the Department of Healthcare Management, Evaluation and Policy at the University of Montreal School of Public Health, as well as a researcher at the Healthcare Innovation and Evaluation Crossroads at the CHUM Research Center. Her research activities are mostly focused on the evaluation of interoperable digital clinical files, and their implications for the organization of healthcare systems. 

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Sabrina Germain

Senior Lecturer in the Law School at City, University of London

Dr Sabrina Germain is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at City, University of London. Her research interests lie in the interactions between the public and private sector and the influence of private entities on the law-making process.

Dr Germain’s monograph Justice and Profit in Health Care Law (Hart, 2019) is a comparative study that puts forward the influence of justice principles and for-profit actors (the medical profession, employers and insurers) on the development of laws that allocate healthcare resources in western welfare states.

At City, Dr Germain convenes the medical law and bioethics module and teaches tort law. Prior to City, she was a lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the University of Surrey and held visiting scholarships at the University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town and Brooklyn Law School.

Dr Germain acts as a peer-reviewer for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the European Journal of Risk Regulation and the Social & Legal Studies International Journal.

Dr Germain is also a member of City University’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), a research associate at the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and a former member of the Health Research Authority (NHS Central London) Ethics Committee.

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Gianluca Veronesi

Professor in Healthcare Management, University of Bristol

Gianluca is a Professor of Healthcare Management at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom) since September 2017. He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and, prior to that, he successfully completed a BSc in Law and Economics at the University of Trento (Italy) and an MBA at Leeds University Business School.

His research interests are predominantly in the governance and management of healthcare organisations. Specifically, he has investigated the role and effectiveness of hospitals governing boards, changes in the management structures and functions of healthcare organisations and their effects on the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare provision, the impact of clinical leadership on hospital performance, and antecedents and implications of human capital for performance outcomes. Current projects include investigating the role of the medical profession in health reforms, antecedents and consequences of medical engagement and the impact of consulting advice usage on organisational performance

Gianluca’s research has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Northern Leadership Academy (NLA), the Centre for Innovation in Health and Management (CIHM) and the World University Network (WUN). He publishes predominantly in management-oriented academic journals and has presented and discussed his findings with academics, policy makers and practitioners.

 
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Pierre Larouche

Professor, Law Faculty, University of Montreal

Pierre Larouche is a Professor of law and innovation at the University of Montreal Law Faculty, and an expert in competition law, economic governance as well as civil liabilities in civil and common law systems. M Larouche holds degrees from the law faculties of McGill University, University of Bonn and University of Maastricht and has been Professor of competition law at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands, where he cofounded the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) which has become one of the world’s largest centers for research in the field of economic governance. Throughout his European university career, M. Larouche also developed and launched the innovative undergraduate program, the Global Law Bachelor at the University of Tilburg. He also taught at the Bruges College of Europe, and has been an invited professor in several universities across the United States (Northwestern, Pennsylvania), Europe (Sciences Po, Bonn) and Asia (Singapore).

Professor Larouche has published over 60 monographs, articles and scientific contributions, and his work, cited by the European Union Court of Justice, at the United Kingdom Supreme Court, has influenced the European Commission’s policies on electronic communication and competition. 

In addition to having practised law in a private law firm, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Charles D. Gonthier at the Canadian Supreme Court. Professor Larouche is associated with the CRDP and the CDACI’s activities. He contributed in particular to the deployment of the doctoral option ‘Innovation, science, technology and law’, launched in autumn 2017 by the faculty.

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Miriam Cohen

Associate professor at the University of Montreal Law Faculty

A specialist in international human rights law, Professor Cohen holds degrees (LL. B. 2007 and LL. M. 2011) from the faculty. She holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) in addition to higher education diplomas in law from the University of Harvard and the University of Cambridge. She received the Frank Knox and John Peters Humphrey scholarships at the Harvard University Law Faculty, the Right Honorable Paul Martin Senior scholarship at the University of Cambridge, and a master’s scholarship from the CRSH at the University of Montreal.

Before she began her university career, Ms Cohen acquired significant experience working in international organizations. She was a legal advisor at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ), and before that, worked at the Appeals Chamber at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

As a member of the Quebec Bar, she practised law in an international firm in Montreal, and also worked for pro bono causes. Ms Cohen was previously a researcher at the Harvard University Law Faculty, a rapoorteur for an expert committee on a crimes against humanity convention project, a member of a delegation to negotiate a United Nations treaty in Geneva. From 2015 to 2018, she was an associate professor at Lakehead University (Ontario).

She has received numerous prizes, scholarships and funds, including from the Council for Human Sciences Research (CRSH), the Canadian Bar Association (the Law for the Future Fund), and the Foundation for Legal Research. Ms Cohen is regularly asked by the international law network to intervene as a consultant and trainer. She works as an expert advisor (international law) for Panama in the Norstar case, currently before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. She works with several interdisciplinary and international research teams, and currently heads two major projects of interdisciplinary research in the international law of human rights field. Ms Cohen is the rapporteur for the international organizations project at the Oxford University Press. She is Brazilian by birth, and works in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. Her research has been published in legal reviews, and books in Canada, Europe, the United States, South Korea and Brazil. 

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Daniel Weinstock

Professor and Director, Institute for Health and Social Policy, holder of the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy

Professor Daniel Weinstock’s research covers a large spectrum of moral philosophy and contemporary policy subjects, from the equitable management of ethno-cultural and religious diversity in modern liberal democracies, to State policy on children, family and teaching establishments. 

Currently, his research interests are focused on equity in health, and on the justice and inclusion questions that arise in modern cities.

The guiding thread of his research is to link the philosophical and ethical arguments to institutional reasoning. His work is characterized by the firm conviction that moral and political philosophers have not paid sufficient attention to institutional parameters, which both allow and limit the realisation of normative ideals. His expertise includes linguistic and identity policy, democracy, citizenship and pluralism.

Having joined the McGill Law Faculty in 2012, he was named director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy in 2013. Furthermore on the 1st of June 2020, he was named holder of the Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy at the Law and Arts faculties, for a seven-year term. 

He has published numerous articles on ethics, nationalism, justice and stability in multinational States, the foundation of international ethics, and the accommodation of moral and cultural diversity within liberal social democracies. He has also actively participated in debates on public policy in Quebec, having been a member of a working group (from 1997 to 1999) on the teaching of religion in public schools organized by the Education Ministry, and as the founding director of the Public Health Ethics Committee in Quebec from 2003 to 2008.

Professor Weinstock was a prize fellow of the Trudeau Foundation (2004), and received the André-Laurendeau prize from the Franco-Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science (2008). Holder of the James McGill Chair from 2014 to 2020, he also received the Charles Taylor prize for excellence in policy research from the Broadbent Institute in April 2017.

Before joining McGill, Daniel Weinstock was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montreal, where he held the Canada Research Chair in ethics and political philosophy. He has been director of the University of Montreal Center for Research in Ethics (CREUM) for several years. He is also a member of the Center for Ethnic Studies at the University of Montreal.

Holding degrees from McGill and Oxford, Daniel Weinstock studied under Charles Taylor, and took classes with John Rawls at Harvard. He holds a doctorate in philosophy (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, as well as a master’s degree in political philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in French literature and political philosophy from McGill University.

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Me Marco Laverdière

Lawyer and associated researcher of the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy, University of Montreal

Me Marco Laverdière is member of the Barreau du Québec since 1994 and holds a master’s in health law from the University of Sherbrooke, as well as a post-doctoral degree from University of Nantes on fundamental rights. Since 1999, he is the Director-General of The Order of Optometrists of Quebec. He begun his career as a lawyer with the Conseil pour la protection des malades in 1993. Furthermore, he has been teaching since 2002 as part of the master’s program in health law and policies at the University of Sherbrooke. In 2014, he joined the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy at University of Montreal. Finally, he is involved in various working groups within the Quebec professional system, in addition to acting as a speaker, an educator and author on various subjects related to his field of expertise.

As part of his teaching and research activities, Me Laverdière is interested in the regulation of health professions in conjunction to various issues, such as the integration of new technologies (telehealth, artificial intelligence, etc.), sexual misconduct and changing scopes of practice. Lastly, the legal framework in regards to to the organization and financing of health services in the public and private sectors are part of his fields of interest.

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Colin Gavaghan

Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies

Professor Colin Gavaghan is the first director of the New Zealand Law Foundation sponsored Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies. The Centre examines the legal, ethical and policy issues around new technologies. To date, the Centre has carried out work on biotechnology, nanotechnology, information and communication technologies and artificial intelligence.

In addition to emerging technologies, Colin lectures and writes on medical and criminal law.

Together with colleagues in Computer Science and Philosophy, Colin is the leader of a three-year project exploring the legal, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence for New Zealand.

Professor Gavaghan regularly advises on matters of technology and regulation. He is first Chair of the NZ Police’s Advisory Panel on Emergent Technologies, and a member of the Digital Council for Aotearoa, which advises the Government on digital technologies. Since 2017, he has been a member (and more recently Deputy Chair) of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. He was an expert witness in the High Court case of Seales v Attorney General, and has advised members of parliament on draft legislation.

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Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida

Associate Professor of International Law & Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio

Professor of International Law and EU Law, Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in Rio de Janeiro (since 2008). Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on EU-South America Global Governance, sponsored by the European Commission at the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School. Associate Researcher at the Institute of International and European Law at the Sorbonne (IREDIES). Professor of the Post-Graduate Programs of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School and of the Masters in International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. Qualified as ‘maître des conferences’ in Public Law (France, CNU). Nominated Brazilian Member of the International Law Association Committee on the Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals. Chair of the Interest Group on ‘International Courts and Tribunals’ of the Latin American Society of International Law (LASIL). Doctorate with honors summa cum laude in International and European Law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (mention très honorable avec les félicitations du jury à l’unanimité, recommandé à des prix de thèse et à des subventions à la publication). Masters of Law (Master II Recherche – former DEA) in Public International and European Law – Université Paris XI, Faculté Jean Monnet. Post-doctoral visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2014). Visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Salzburg, European Private Law Summer Course (since 2015). Visiting professor at the École de droit de la Sorbonne, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2019).  

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Mélanie Levy

Assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and an adjunct lecturer at the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Mélanie Levy is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and an adjunct lecturer at the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University (Israel). She is also the principal investigator of a research grant awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (“The Increasing Weight of Regulation: The Role(s) of Law as a Public Health Tool in the Prevention State”; 2020-2025). Melanie Levy completed postdoctoral research at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University and the Faculty of Law at McGill University in Canada. She obtained her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Neuchâtel and her LL.M. from Cambridge University (UK). Several grants and awards for outstanding research have recognized her scholarly work. Melanie Levy also worked as the principal legal advisor on multiple legal opinions commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and other public authorities in Switzerland. Her research interests lie at the intersection of law, health, technology, and society.

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Florian Kastler

Doctorate in Public Law / ATER at the University Paris Descartes / Teacher at Sciences Po Paris 

Florian Kastler holds a doctorate in public law from Paris Descartes University, affiliated with the Law and Health Institute. Between 2012 and 2016, he completed his thesis, under the co-supervision of Professors David Noguéro and Didier Tabuteau, on “The normative role of the World Health Organization (WHO)” in collaboration with the University of Neuchâtel under the direction of Professor Dominique Sprumont.

 He teaches the class Global Health Law & Regulations in the Public Affairs Master of Sciences Po and in Administrative Law at Paris Descartes University, after having taught the law of fundamental freedoms and constitutional law. He is also involved in the Master of Public Health Law of the University of Neuchâtel and the Master of Public Health (MPH) of the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP).

After completing a Master’s degree in Global Health Law from Georgetown University, he spent a summer as a visiting scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law in the summer of 2013. He is also a quarterly author in Les Tribunes de la Santé of Sciences Po and has written several articles on his research topic in various journals or books.

He is interested in the normative role that WHO plays, must play or can play in national health systems. In particular, he seeks to identify the legitimacy, authority and need for WHO to intervene and integrate into health policies through analysis of the development, use and effects of standard in international health law. In this context, he is involved in a research project with the Chair on the Normative Influence of the World Health Organization.

After working at the General Directorate of Health of the French Ministry of Health in charge of the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products as well as international issues within the Health Products Directorate, he is currently studying at the École nationale d’administration (2021-2022 promotion).

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Olivier Guillod

Professor of civil law (personal and family law) and health law & Director of the Institute of Health Law (Neuchâtel).

Olivier Guillod is professor of civil law (personal and family law) and health law and director of the Institute of Health Law. He is member of Canton of Neuchâtel Health Council (since 2013), member of the board of directors at Swissmedic (since 2015) and member of the foundation council of the Swiss School of Public Health+ (since 2011). 

Professor Guillod is member of numerous Swiss and foreign scientific societies (for example Association française de droit de la santé; American Society of Law & Medicine) and international (for example International Society on Family Law). He is also co-editor of the Swiss Journal of Health Law and member of the Editorial Board of several legal and scientific journals Organizer of the annual Health Law Day (27th in 2021) and numerous scientific conferences on topics of civil law or health law (for example in 2015, with the WHO, on Critical Incident Reporting Systems and Patient Safety); in 2021 on the lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for health law). He has also been responsible for research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, in particular a project on medico-hospital responsibility and patient safety (2012-2015), a project on the legal status of caregivers under French and Swiss law (with a team from the University of Aix-Marseille, 2015-2018) and a project on equal treatment in family law (2017-2020). He has been invited as a speaker at numerous national and international conferences in Switzerland and abroad. Finally, he is the author of more than 100 publications in personal and family law and more than 100 publications in health law (list on request) and has supervised numerous doctoral theses in civil law and health law.

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Dr Jeanne Snelling

Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago

Dr Jeanne Snelling is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago and her research interests encompass health law and the regulation of biomedical technologies. Her  teaching includes: Law and Medicine, An Introduction to Law and New Technologies, Criminal Law, and a new paper: Law and the Biosciences. She is the Faculty of Law convenor of the Masters in Bioethics and Health Law.

Prior to commencing a full-time position in the Faculty of Law in 2021, Jeanne held a joint position with the Faculty and the Bioethics Centre, where she was the Lead Academic for health law teaching in the medical school and the allied health professions, and co-taught Bioethics and the Life Sciences.

 

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Katherine Ginsbach

Associate with the Center for Transformational Health Law at the O’Neill Institute.

Katherine Ginsbach is an associate with the Center for Transformational Health Law at the O’Neill Institute.

Before joining the O’Neill Institute, Ginsbach worked as a medical-legal partnership attorney at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, where she addressed legal issues affecting patients’ health. Her research has focused on influenza pandemic preparedness, vaccine development and deployment, global health governance, and Indigenous access to health care. She previously interned at the American Indian Catholic School Network. During law school, she was a church, state, and society fellow and a research assistant for the Eck Institute for Global Health.

Ginsbach holds a J.D. and an M.S. in global health from University of Notre Dame. She is also a member of the Colorado Bar. Outside of work she enjoys trail running and mountain biking.

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Katie Gottschalk

 Executive director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center 

Katie Gottschalk is the executive director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and visiting professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. Gottschalk’s work focuses on how regulatory frameworks can improve health across populations and on using the law as a tool to empower evidence-based public health practices. In collaboration with global partners on the Legal Solutions Network (LSN) for Universal Health Coverage, Gottschalk provides legal technical assistance and customizable technical advice to national leaders seeking to develop effective policies for realizing UHC’s promise and power.

Currently, Gottschalk works with the Center for Transformation Health Law team to identify the greatest challenges and weaknesses encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing evidence-based solutions for the current crisis, and building a fortified foundation for healthier futures health through law.

Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Gottschalk was the executive director of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy. In this position, Gottschalk served as the editor of the Global Health and Diplomacy Journal, director of the Center’s Global Health Fellows program, and convened global experts and world leaders at events alongside the World Health Assembly, the United Nations General Assembly, and the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. Gottschalk has also served as the acting director at the Dianne Abbey Law Center for Children and Families in New York, working with a diverse set of stakeholders to raise the profile of discrete issues of family law, including juvenile justice, the disproportionate representation of minorities in the welfare system, and end of life rights. Gottschalk has managed health and policy programs for multiple organizations including MergerWatch, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, and New York Law School.

Gottschalk holds an LL.M. in global health law from Georgetown University, a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.A. in architecture from the University of Colorado.

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Kashish Aneja

Consultant at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University and  practicing advocate at the Supreme Court of India

Kashish Aneja is a consultant at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University and a practicing advocate at the Supreme Court of India.

 At O’Neill, Aneja is engaged in analysing COVID-19 related laws and policies, HIV laws, and alcohol and tobacco control regulations across the world. He has actively been involved in drafting public health related legislations and national policies, including developing India’s National Alcohol Control Policy. Aneja has worked on projects with the World Health Organization; GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; the Centre for Reproductive Rights (Washington D.C.); the Public Health Foundation of India (Delhi), and Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws (Delhi). Aneja has also served as a judicial law clerk and research assistant to Justice Dr. A. K. Sikri at the Supreme Court of India. In this position, he assisted in a wide array of matters concerning constitutional law, human rights, privacy law, and commercial law, and in notable judgments including legalizing passive euthanasia and challenge to the AADHAR scheme. He is also the co-founder of the Society for Democratic Rights (Delhi) which is a collective of lawyers involved in the strengthening of democratic and civil rights through public interest litigation and evidence-driven policymaking and research in diverse areas including public health law and comparative constitution law.

Aneja holds an LL.M. in global health law and international institutions from the Georgetown University Law Center and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He was awarded the Georgetown University Global Health Law Scholar award for his master’s program. Aneja also holds a postgraduate diploma in medical law and ethics from the National Law School of India University and a B.A. LL.B. from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India. He is admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi and is a member of the Supreme Court of India Bar Association.

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Flavia Ciafre

Communications manager

Flavia Ciafré is currently completing her L.L.B. at University of Montreal.

Having a strong interest in international public law and human rights, Flavia is the president of the Lawyers without borders committee at University of Montreal, affiliated to the Association of Law Students at the University of Montreal (AED) and Lawyers without borders Canada (ASFC). 

At H-POD, she is in charge of publishing and communicating all of the activiities and events.  

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Johanne Preval

Research professional

Johanne Préval holds a master’s degree in the administration of healthcare services (University of Montreal 2008), a master’s degree in hospital management from the National School of Public Health in Rennes, 1998, a certificate in preventative, social and community medicine and a medical degree (1999 and 1995, from the State University of Haïti, Medicine, Pharmacy and Medical Technology Faculty).

She worked as a research professional at the University of Montreal Public Health Research Institute, and currently holds the same position at the National School of Public Administration.

Her fields of research interests include healthcare organizations performance, the quality and security of patients, governance and care systems, knowledge transfers, inter-organisational networks, and the integration of policies favourable to health.

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