Dr. Irehobhude O. Iyioha joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 2016 after holding professorial and teaching positions at Western University and the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has served as Assistant Adjunct Professor at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta since 2012, and has held policy research and senior policy positions with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Alberta Health.
Dr. Iyioha is co-editor of the book, Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law (Ashgate, 2015/Routledge, 2016). She has published extensively in edited collections and leading Canadian and international law journals, including the Oxford University Statute Law Review, the Cambridge University Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the University of Edinburgh African Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Osgoode Hall Transnational Human Rights Review, among others. Her research has been consulted in policy reforms locally and internationally and cited in multiple Parliamentary Submissions before the Joint Standing Committee on Migration (Inquiry into the Treatment of Disability) in Australia.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships, honours, and recognitions locally and internationally, including the World Congress on Medical Law Award from the World Association for Medical Law and the 2017 Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Award for a Scholarly Paper that makes a Substantial Contribution to Legal Literature. Recently named among the 150 Most Accomplished Immigrant Women in Canada (2017) in celebration of Canada 150, she is the 2016 recipient of the Canadian Immigrant of Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievements in Professional and Service Capacities.
Dr. Iyioha has served as the Jack and Mae Nathanson Visiting Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Visiting Academic at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, a Fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Program in Health Law and Policy, and Liu Scholar at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Her teaching and research interests are in tort law, jurisprudence, international human rights law, anti-discrimination law, health law and policy, and women’s health rights. Her publications have examined the limits and effectiveness of law in the areas of human rights and women’s health, the role of law in healthcare access for underserved and vulnerable populations, minors’ decision-making in terminal medical cases, medical pluralism and alternative paths to care, health governance and regulation, and medical negligence.
She has spoken on diverse issues, including on women’s health rights, access to experimental care for children living with chronic conditions, human rights law, multiple/intersectional discrimination, and equitable access to healthcare for marginalized and racialized individuals across North America and in Western and Eastern Europe.
Outside academia, Dr. Iyioha is a writer of creative fiction, with works published across four countries, as well as by Harvard University’s Transition Magazine. She is also an organizational leader focusing on some of the interests at the core of her research. Her international non-profit initiative, the PEIF Fund, Inc. – now operative in several countries, offers a service-mentorship exchange program for youth innovators and professionals invested in serving kids-in-need and other vulnerable children across several countries, including in conflict zones.