Health Law Institute

In 1977 Justice Ellen Picard launched the Faculty of Law’s Health Law Institute (HLI), establishing the very first research institute in Canada in the health law field.
Over the past four decades it has evolved from a resource center, to an internationally recognized centre for evidence based health law and science policy research, and is fittingly home to several of Canada's leading health law scholars, including Professors Timothy Caulfield, Gerald Roberston, Peter Carver, Erin Nelson, and Ubaka Ogbogu, among others. To read more, click here.

Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield; Health Law and Policy; Biotechnology and Science Policy; Bioethics

Erin Nelson

Erin Nelson; Health Law; Health Care Ethics; Health Policy; Women's Health Law and Policy; Reproductive Health Law and Policy; Tort Law

Ubaka Ogbogu

Ubaka Ogbogu; Health Law and Science Policy Studies, Law and Bioethics, Legal History of Science/Medicine, Pharmacy Law and Ethics, and the Law of Torts

Alessandro Marcon

Alessandro Marcon; Bioethics; Health Communications; Social Media

Blake Murdoch

Blake Murdoch; Health Law and Policy; Bioethics; Science Policy

Robyn Hyde-Lay
Executive Director
Phone: 780-492-7577

Candice Kozak
Research Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 780-492-6127

Mailing address:
Health Law Institute
Office 470, Faculty of Law
University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2H5

Quick Links

News and Media

Science Up First

January 25, 2021

#ScienceUpFirst is a social media movement developed by a team of independent scientists, health care providers and science communicators to stop the spread of misinformation around COVID-19. Our goal is to put science first and we need your help!

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's 35th Annual Research Day and Award Banquet

May 13, 2022

Battling Bunk: Evidence-Based Strategies to Counter Misinformation

Stem Cell Network Special Funding Announcement

May 12, 2022

Partners in research Ubaka Ogbogu, Amy Zarzeczny, and Timothy Caulfield received over $700k to investigate regulatory and social license for cutting-edge regenerative therapies.

CDTRP Media Workshop Series on ODT and Health Literacy: Engaging the public online during policy change

May 11, 2022

The CDTRP, in collaboration with the Health Law Institute from the University of Alberta, is happy to announce the second Media Workshop on Organ Donation and Transplantation (ODT) and Health Literacy on May 17, 2022.

The Space: Top Tip: Busy isn't always a dirty word

May 07, 2022

Fun take on using advice from Timothy Caulfield, author of Relax: A User’s Guide To Life In The Age Of Anxiety, we’re going to teach you how to be busy without having a mental breakdown.

The Pathologist: Video: Fake News! Combating misinformation in science and medicine

May 06, 2022

Timothy Caulfield notes he enjoyed this discussion! Cover lots, including how scientific uncertainty and ideology used to push bunk.

Health Law Journals

From 1991-2014 the Health Law Institute produced quarterly publications. These -- specifically the Health Law Journal and Health Law Review - have contributed significantly to the development and discussion of Canadian health law and science policy, and have served as invaluable resources for entities such as the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as publication outlets for a broad range of legal scholars. Quarterly issues are archived on this site and are available via institutional libraries.

Health Law Journal
Health Law Review