Conference: Health Law in Toronto

2012 National Health Law Conference: Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law
May 4 & 5, 2012
Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto, Canada

Reduced rate available until March 1, 2012.
This conference will bring together leading scholars, policy-makers, practicing lawyers and health care professionals to explore how law can address global health challenges and make real progressive change.

The kinds of global challenges participants will explore include:

  • Access to care and essential medicines on the part of the most vulnerable (poor, mentally ill, aboriginal populations)
  • The rise and inequitable impact of medical tourism
  • The spread of chronic diseases around the world
  • Exponential increases in smoking in many countries
  • The obesity epidemic and so forth…

In the legal world we think we can meet these challenges through law and litigation – for example human rights litigation – but to what extent is that true and what are the context and circumstances where law/litigation can really make a positive difference?  And where is law simply used by vested interests to further inequities?

Confirmed speakers include:

    • Mary Anne Bobinski, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia
    • Timothy Caulfield, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
    • I. Glenn Cohen, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
    • Rebecca Cook, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
    • Jocelyn Downie, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
    • Colleen M. Flood, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
    • Richard Gold, McGill University
    • Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law
    • Trudo Lemmens, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
    • and many more…

Keynote Panel Debate:  “Can Law Meet Global Health Challenges?  Perspectives from Medicine and Politics”
Keynote panelists:

      • Abdallah S. Daar, Senior Scientist, the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health & & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
      • Theodore R. Marmor, Health Care Policy, Politics and Law Expert, Yale University
      • Michael Ignatieff, Senior Resident, Massey College, University of Toronto
      • James Orbinski, Chair and Professor in Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Co-Director, Global Health Diplomacy Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

2012 Paul Cadario Public Lecture – May 4, 2012
The conference will feature the 2012 Paul Cadario Public Lecture:  “The Global Politics of Health Care” with Professor James Morone from Brown University.  The Lecture will be held on May 4, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. following the first day of the conference.   The Cadario Public Lecture is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto (SPPG).   Every year, the SPPG hosts a prominent policy academic or author to a public audience in Toronto.

The Conference is organized by the CIHR Training Program in Health Law, Ethics & Policy and the Health Law and Policy Group of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.  For more information about the conference, please email:  info [at]


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