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About Joanna N. Erdman

Joanna N. Erdman is an Associate Professor and the MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. She is also the Associate Director of the school’s Health Law Institute. Joanna has acted as an intervener before various constitutional courts and international bodies. Joanna chairs the Global Health Advisory Committee of the Public Health Program, and serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations. She is a past chair of World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research Gender and Rights Advisory Panel. She holds a JD from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Harvard Law School, and completed a fellowship at Yale Law School.

Joanna’s research focuses on sexual and reproductive health law in a transnational context.


Present MacBain Chair in Health Law and Policy, Associate Professor of Law, Associate Director of the Health Law Institute, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Health Law Institute




2017 - 2020 Insight Grant. Harm reduction, public policy, and moral controversy: principle and practice
Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Role: co-investigator
2017 - 2020 Project Grant. Harm reduction: Public health reasoning in law and public policy in relation to morally controversial behaviours
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Role: co-investigator
2016 - 2016 Canadian Health Law and Policy, 5th ed
Foundation for Legal Research
Role: co-investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Legal and Human Rights Seat, Steering Committee, Inroads, International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma
2017 - Present Member, Research Protocol Review Panel, Reproductive Health and Research Department, World Health Organizati
2016 - Present Chair, Global Health Advisory Committee, Public Health Program, Open Society Foundations
2015 - Present Member, Law Program Committee, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (National)
2014 - Present Member, Advisory Board, Women's Rights Program, Open Society Foundations
2005 - Present Member, Law Society of Ontario
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 & 2015 Hanna & Harold Barnett Award in Teaching First Year Law, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University



BA, University of Toronto
LLM, Harvard University
JD, University of Toronto

Contact Information

Schulich School of Law
Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2


Books and Book Contributions (10)

Articles (32)