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30 Apr

CHLPE is looking for two student research assistants with excellent legal research, writing and interpersonal skills to assist us with our annual conference, which will take place on June 17-18, 2021 (via zoom). This conference will involve nine panels on cutting edge topics in the law, ethics and policy of the Canadian organ donation and transplantation system.

Student responsibilities:

  • Attend the conference
  • Take detailed notes of the presentations and Q&A discussions at five of the panels
  • Prepare five “fast fact” documents (examples can be viewed here:  These documents summarize and educate the public about the ethico-legal issues covered in the panels.

Preparation of fast facts documents will involve:

  • Supplementing your panel notes with background research in order to frame the issues and fill in gaps left by the panel discussions
  • Prepare first drafts for review by supervisors Pascal Thibeault and Jennifer Chandler
  • Circulate the drafts to the panelists for comments following review by supervisors
  • Coordinate with Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) staff, who will format/typeset the text for publication on the CDTRP website

Research Assistant Contract

  • 120 hours
  • The five fast facts drafts to be submitted one per week to the supervisors in the five weeks following the conference
  • All work to be completed by mid-August

How to apply

Please send the following to Giles Holland by April 30 2021 at

  • Brief expression of interest
  • Law school transcript
  • Law school writing sample



Professor Jennifer Chandler is looking for two excellent researchers interested in doing their Masters in Law under her supervision at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. The successful candidates will join established multi-disciplinary research teams, working with ethicists, lawyers, scientists and physicians. The candidates will be responsible for conducting their LLM research as well as contributing as a researcher and co-author to research publications by the team. Anticipated start is September 2021 for enrolment full-time in the LLM with Concentration in Health Law, Policy and Ethics, or the LLM with Thesis.

A research bursary of $15,000 is available for one student to participate in each of the projects listed below:

Legal Definition of Death in an Age of Techno-Scientific Change

As we learn more about the physiology of the dying process (cessation of circulatory and brain function), and as resuscitation and life-sustaining technologies change, do legal definitions of death need to change? The successful LLM candidate will work on a Canadian funded project examining the pattern of brain activity at the time of withdrawal of ventilation and cessation of cardio-circulatory activity, and consider its legal significance.

Presumed Consent (Opt-Out) Systems for Organ Donation

Nova Scotia recently amended its law on organ donation to adopt a presumed consent system. Other provinces have discussed the possibility. The successful LLM candidate will work within a large multi-disciplinary group of social scientists, lawyers, doctors, and health policy specialists that is comprehensively studying the impact of the Nova Scotia changes, and will specifically work on legal questions related to presumed consent for organ donation.  Eligibility and Application.


Candidates interested in applying should have:

  • A law degree from a Canadian university or an equivalent foreign law degree
  • An average CGPA of B+ or 75%

Interested candidates should send the following to Professor Jennifer Chandler at

  • Letter explaining your interest in one or both of the topics, and in graduate legal studies
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Law school transcript (scanned or photocopied is fine)
  • Two letters of reference who can speak to legal research, writing and analytical abilities
  • Writing sample (a research paper completed during law school, or a publication)

If selected, candidates will then need to apply for admission to the Faculty of Law’s graduate program, which continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. The same documents submitted to Professor Chandler can be re-submitted to the Faculty’s online admission process.