Chairs and Professorships

Gerald B. Robertson, Q.C., LL.B. (Edinburgh), LL.M. (McGill)

Katz Group Chair in Health Law

Professor Gerald B. Robertson first came to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 1981, as a visiting professor. Like many visitors he stayed, and was appointed as an associate professor in 1983 and a full professor in 1988. He teaches in the areas of health law, torts, and conflict of laws. Professor Robertson was called to the Alberta Bar in 1989, and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2000. His research interests lie in the health law field, and he has been actively involved in the Faculty’s Health Law Institute since 1983. He is a past recipient of the Honourable Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award (in 2003), and the Law Society of Alberta/Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship (in 2008).

Professor Robertson was named as the inaugural Katz Group Chair in Health Law on July 1, 2011. The Katz Chair in Health Law provides leadership in interdisciplinary training in Health law issues, via collaboration between the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This collaboration includes courses on topics such as intellectual property rights within the health sciences. Since that time he has been working on the preparation of the 5th edition of his textbook Legal Liability of Doctors and Hospitals in Canada, which he co-authors with Madam Justice Ellen Picard of the Alberta Court of Appeal. The new edition will be published in early 2013. Professor Robertson is also working on a third edition of his textbook Mental Disability and the Law in Canada. In 2011 he published a chapter entitled “Children’s Rights and Health Law: The ‘Mature Minor’ Rule Revisited”, in Sanjeev Anand (ed.), Children and the Law: Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Bala (Toronto, Ontario: Irwin Law; 2011) 39-55.

Professor Robertson is also active in public service in the health law field. In 2011 he retired as vice-chair of the Mental Health Review Panel after 18 years of service. He continues to serve as a member and alternate chair of the Alberta Review Board under the Criminal Code, which assesses cases of individuals who have been found not criminally responsible (or unfit to stand trial) on account of mental disorder.