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Santéships

About

"Santéships" are opportunities for first-year students enrolled at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law to be mentored as a research assistant under a professor in health law in January–April 2021. The time commitment for the student is estimated at 5 hours/week, 60 hours total during the semester. Students are paid a bursary of $1,000 during this time. Students engage a research project that fits into the professor's broader research program. It's a great way to get experience outside the classroom, make connections, contribute to a lasting product, learn about the cutting edge of an exciting topic that interests you, and develop research skills that will serve you regardless of your future path in law. The application process is competitive.

Eligibility

Year 1 students in the Common Law program, Year 2+ students in the Civil Law program.

Application

Please submit a c.v. and cover letter to healthlaw@uottawa.ca by the end of 3 December 2020 (11:59 pm). Address cover letters "To whom it may concern" (or similar). Transcripts are not required.

IMPORTANT: At the top of your application letter, choose up to seven of the available topics listed below and rank them 1 (most interested) to 7 (not as interested but happy to do).

While prior knowledge of law, policy, and the specifics of a research topic is an asset, no specific knowledge or experience is required. We are more interested in finding brilliant, curious, and motivated students with high potential. That said, please do mention in your letter any relevant experience or exposure you may have.

Follow-Up

After the application deadline, CHLPE will direct applications to professors. Professors will reach out to their top candidates. The process then depends on the professor. Some may choose to schedule brief interviews by Zoom; others may accept one or more applicants without interview. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee all applicants an interview or a match.

Available Projects

A.I. AND HEALTH

Artificial intelligence and health/healthcare.

Colleen Flood

ANTÉCÉDENTS JUDICIAIRES ET SANTÉ MENTALE

Emmanuelle Bernheim

HEALTH WORKFORCE

Legal research on regulation of the health workforce. This legal review will contribute to our nationally funded research study and will provide an opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team affiliated with the Canadian Health Workforce Network.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING

Medical assistance in dying and the regulation of communication between physician and patient.

Daphne Gilbert

MIGRANT HEALTH

Migrants’ rights to health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Y.Y. Brandon Chen

NEUROLAW

Law and the brain sciences, neuroethics, and mental health law and policy.

Jennifer Chandler

ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION

Organ donation and transplantation law, ethics and policy.

Jennifer Chandler

RELIGION AND NONRELIGION

This Santéship will focus on the areas of health and law, in the project entitled ‘Legal Constructions of Religion and Nonreligion.’ This project examines the constructions of religion and nonreligion through the lens of public and legal controversies. The student will be involved in research connected to the Canadian public and legal debates on topics related to health and healthcare, such as: medically assisted death; abortion; what constitutes death; and acceptable mandatory treatment programs. The student will work with the researchers involved to gather data on these Canadian public controversies.

Lori Beaman

SANTÉ MENTALE

Le projet est axé la santé mentale dans le contexte du droit civil. Plus particulièrement, le projet de recherche impliquera des recherches jurisprudentielles et doctrinales dans le but de recenser les décisions et les ouvrages doctrinaux pertinents publiés de 2011 à aujourd’hui.

Emmanuelle Bernheim

SURROGACY

Surrogacy in Canada.

VIOLENCES OBSTÉTRICALES ET GYNÉCOLOGIQUES

Le projet porte sur les violences obstétricales et gynécologiques, et vise à faire une recension de la jurisprudence déontologique et civile québécoise portant sur les contextes de soins de santé reproductive des femmes. L’objectif de cette recension est double : 1) déterminer la proportion de cas qui touchent la santé reproductive des femmes, comparativement aux autres contextes de soins, et 2) produire des études de cas sur les mécanismes juridiques en place pour prévenir ou compenser des atteintes à l’intégrité des femmes dans ces contextes.

Audrey Ferron Parayre