Dr. Ireh Iyioha joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2016 after holding teaching positions at Western University and the University of British Columbia. She has also held an Assistant Adjunct Professor position at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta since 2012. She was first appointed as a Visiting Academic in the same Centre from 2011-2012. She has served in various policy capacities with both Alberta Health and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Dr. Iyioha is co-editor of the book, Comparative Health Law and Policy: Critical Perspectives on Nigerian and Global Health Law (Ashgate, 2015). She has published substantially in leading Canadian and international journals. Her research has been consulted in policy reform initiatives 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 academic awards, fellowships, and recognitions, locally and internationally, including the World Congress on Medical Law Award from the World Association for Medical Law, and most recently, the 2016 Canadian Immigrant of Distinction Award for outstanding achievements in professional and service capacities. She is a past CIHR Fellow (Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program in Health Law and Policy) and was a Liu Scholar at the UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues.
Her research and teaching interests are in tort law, health law and policy, women’s health rights and legal theory. Her publications examine the role and limits 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.