|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|
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|
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|
|MA, Queen's University|
|LLB, University of Toronto|
|LLM, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor|
|SJD, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor|
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Refusing care as a legal pathway to medical assistance in dying Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2019)
Can a competent individual refuse care in order to make their natural death reasonably foreseeable in order to qualify for medical assistance in dying (MAiD)? Consider a competent patient with left-side paralysis following a right-brain ...
Foreseeably Unclear: The Meaning of the "Reasonably Foreseeable" Criterion for Access to Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada Dalhousie Law Journal (2018)
Canada's medical assistance in dying legislation contains the eligibility criterion "naturaldeath has become reasonably foreseeable." The phrase "reasonably foreseeable" is unfamiliar and unclear. As a result of ongoing confusion about its meaning, there is reason ...
The Legal Status of Deep and Continuous Palliative Sedation Without Artificial Nutrition and Hydration McGill Journal of Law & Health (2018)
Deep and continuous palliative sedation combined with the withholding or withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration (collectively termed “PSs̄ANH”) is an important aspect of high-quality end-of-life care. It is one means of alleviating suffering. Unfortunately, ...
Medical Assistance in Dying: Lessons for Australia from Canada Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2017)
Canada has recently witnessed dramatic changes in end-of-life law and policy. Most notably, we have moved from a prohibitive to a permissive regime with respect to medical assistance in dying (MAiD). As a number of ...
In a Nutshell II: Ontario Court Decision and MAiD Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2017)
Jocelyn Downie describes the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in A.B. v. The Attorney General of Canada and the Attorney General for Ontario, which provides an interpretation of “reasonably foreseeable natural death” within ...
Ontario’s faith-based exemptions allow and mask barriers to medical assistance in dying Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2017)
With the coming into force of federal legislation permitting medical assistance in dying (MAiD) last June, the provinces and territories faced a challenge: how to reconcile the interests of faith-based healthcare institutions with those of ...
Should Medical Assistance in Dying Be Extended to Incompetent Patients With Dementia? Research Protocol of a Survey Among Four Groups of Stakeholders From Quebec, Canada Research Protocols (2017)
Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders affect a growing number of people worldwide. Quality of life is generally good in the early stages of these diseases. However, many individuals fear living through the advanced stages. Such ...
And Miles to Go Before I Sleep: The Future of End-of-Life Law and Policy in Canada Dalhousie Law Journal (2016)
This paper reviews the legal status of a number ofend-of-life law and policy issues that have, to date, been overshadowed by debates about medical assistance in dying. It suggests that law reform is needed in ...
Cutting the Gordian Knot of Futility: A Case for Law Reform on Unilateral Withholding and Withdrawal of Potentially Life-Sustaining Treatment Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2014)
In this paper, we propose law reform with respect to the unilateral withholding or withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment in Australia and New Zealand. That is, where a doctor withholds or withdraws potentially life-sustaining treatment ...
Pereira’s Attack on Legalizing Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide: Smoke and Mirrors Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2012)
Objective: To review the empirical claims made in: Pereira J. Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide: the illusion of safeguards and controls. Curr Oncol 2011;18:e38–45. Design: We collected all of the empirical claims made by Jose ...
Prosecutorial Discretion in Assisted Dying in Canada: A Proposal for Charging Guidelines Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2012)
An Expert Panel of the Royal Society of Canada and a Select Committee of the Québec National Assembly both recently recommended the issuance of permissive guidelines for the exercise of prosecutorial discretion on voluntary euthanasia ...
Prosecutorial Guidelines for Voluntary Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Autonomy, Public Confidence and High Quality Decision-Making Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2012)
This article proposes offense-specific guidelines for how prosecutorial discretion should be exercised in cases of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. A similar policy has been produced in England and Wales but we consider it to ...
End-of-Life Decision-Making in Canada: The Report by the RoyalSociety of Canada Expert Panel on End-of-Life Decision-Making Reports & Public Policy Documents (2011)
This report on end-of-life decision-making in Canada was produced by an international expert panel and commissioned by the Royal Society of Canada. It consists of five chapters. Chapter 1 reviews what is known about end-of-life ...
Bad News about Bad News: The Disclosure of Risks to Insurability in Research Consent Processes Articles, Book Chapters, & Popular Press (2011)
One of the phenomena associated with research is “incidental findings,” that is, unexpected findings made during the research, and outside the scope of the research, which have potential health importance. One underappreciated risk of incidental ...