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About Sheila Wildeman

Sheila Wildeman (LL.B (Dalhousie), M.A. (Columbia), LL.M. (Toronto)) is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law where she teaches administrative law and jurisprudence.  She is a member of the Health Law Institute and a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance. Sheila’s research in disability law has focused on medico-legal constructions of consent and capacity, with attention to international and domestic human rights as a source of entitlement to supports for the exercise of agency and choice. Her current research asks how law can promote deinstitutionalization and decarceration in ways that bridge the disability justice and prison justice movements. This work approaches freedom as a function of equal access to the social determinants of health and community living.


Present Associate Professor of Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Health Law Institute


2006 - 2011 States of Mind Neuroethics NET Grant
Role: Collaborator
2006 - 2009 Providing assistance to older people experiencing mistreatment and neglect: An exploration of the links between legislation, policy, and local practices in the Maritime Provinces
Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Role: Co-Investigator
2005 - 2009 Substitute consent for research involving decisionally incapacitated older adults: a nationwide study of knowledge, opinion and practices
Role: Co-Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Vice-Chair, East Coast Prison Justice Society
2018 - Present Board of Directors, East Coast Prison Justice Society
2010 - Present Administrative Tribunals Committee, Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice
Present Founding Fellow, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance
2009 - 2016 Nova Scotia Division Board of Directors, Canadian Mental Health Association
2001 - 2004 Member, Ontario Bar
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 - Nova Scotia Human Rights Award (Group Category, Bill 59 Alliance)
  • 2006 - Dalhousie Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Law


BA, University of Toronto
MA, University Columbia
LLB, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law
LLM, University of Toronto

Contact Information

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


Book Chapters (8)

Articles (15)