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About Jocelyn Downie

Jocelyn Downie works at the intersection of health care ethics, law, and policy. She has a particular interest in end-of-life law and women's health.


Present James S. Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law; Professor of Law; Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow; University Research Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Australian Centre for Health Law Research - QUT, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Health Law Institute



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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
2013 - Present Chair, Board of Directors, Surdna Foundation
2007 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Surdna Foundation
2000 - Present Member, Nova Scotia Bar
2017 - 2018 Member, Canada Council of Academics Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying
2015 - 2015 Member, Provincial Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying
2009 - 2011 Member, End of Life Experts Panel, Royal Society of Canada
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Honors and Awards

  • Order of Canada (2018)
  • President's Research Excellence Award - Research Impact (2018)
  • The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Scientific Lecture Award (2016)
  • Trudeau Fellow (2015)
  • CIHR Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences
  • Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy (2003–13)
  • Canadian Association of Law Teachers Award (2008)
  • IWK Health Centre Research Centre of Excellence Scholar Award (2003–08)
  • Abbyann D. Lynch Medal in Bioethics, Royal Society of Canada (2005)
  • Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Award of Excellence in Medical Research (2003)


BA, Queen's University
MLitt, Cambridge
MA, Queen's University
LLB, University of Toronto
LLM, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
SJD, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Contact Information

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


Books and Book Contributions (11)

Articles (107)