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Santéship applications are closed for 2021–22.
Please check back next year!


"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 the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics in January–April 2022. 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 in 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.


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


Please submit a cover letter, c.v., and unofficial undergraduate transcript to by the end of Sunday 28 November 2021 (11:59 pm) (deadline extended to Tuesday December 7 at 5:00 pm for Civil Law students only). Cover letters may be addressed "To whom it may concern" or similar. Official transcripts are not required.

IMPORTANT: At the top of your application letter, please list up to seven of the available topics 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.


After the application deadline, CHLPE will forward applications to professors. Professors will reach out to their top candidates. The interview and hiring process then depends on the professor. Unfortunately due to the large number of applications we receive for a limited number of spots, we cannot guarantee all applicants an interview or a match. Only candidates whom professors select for an interview will be contacted.

Available Projects


Regulating social media platforms to account for known potential mental health effects. tudents will assist in research aimed at exploring the differences between regulating for potential physical and mental health effects in the US and Canada. This research will look specifically at the recent revelations coming out of Facebook regarding Instagram’s known impacts on the mental health of some of its users.


Jason Millar


Cette bourse vise à soutenir le développement d’une capsule vidéo portant sur les enjeux en santé mentale et accès à la justice qui sera produite dans le cadre de Jurivision : Le travail sera composé des tâches suivantes :

a. Appui dans la définition de projet

b. Collaboration à la recherche juridique et au développement du scénario

c. Appui au processus de pré-production et de planification créative

Les candidat·es doivent avoir complété une année de la licence en droit, maîtriser parfaitement le français et avoir un intérêt dans la production multimédia. La supervision du travail sera faite conjointement par Emmanuelle Bernheim, professeure à la Section de droit civil, et Étienne Trépanier, avocat-cinéaste en résidence et conseiller spécial en plaidoirie visuelle.


Emmanuelle Bernheim


The student will assist with the work of the University of Ottawa Hub for Harm Reduction. The Hub is multidisciplinary forum for scholars and community organizations who work on innovative harm reduction strategies in three areas: cannabis, opioids and tobacco. Harm reduction refers to a range of interventions that seek to reduce death, disease and injury associated with certain risky behaviours without necessarily preventing the underlying behaviour completely. Harm reduction strategies include needle exchange programs, safe injection sites, overdose prevention programs and substitution programs (e.g. managed alcohol programs, e-cigarettes).


Vanessa Gruben


Comparative research into pandemic response measures across countries. This research is carried out partly under the auspices of the Lex-Atlas, a global academic project mapping legal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, involving some two hundred jurists from around the world. For students interested in public health law and/or comparative law, this is a terrific opportunity to learn about the successes and failures of pandemic responses worldwide.


Colleen M. Flood


Professor Flood is seeking a Santéship student to assist with a CIHR-funded research project that seeks to identify gaps in Canada’s regulation of AI tools used in health care, and develop law reform proposals to address those gaps. Students interested in health law, law and technology, and privacy law are especially encouraged to apply.


Colleen M. Flood


The Sexual Behaviours Clinic (SBC) is a clinical-research lab that assesses and treats hundreds of men and women with problematic sexual interests and behaviours. The COVID pandemic has contributed to a reexamination of whether Section 161 prohibition orders that restrict use of the Internet are rehabilitative or simply punishment. This project will include a review of case law concerning Section 161 Prohibition orders for people convicted of pornography related crimes.​


Paul Fedoroff


The student will work on two projects:

(1) Researching the self-managed abortion movement in the United States and how conservative states are expanding their efforts to limit access to abortion by targeting medical abortion drugs and providers.

(2) Providing a literature review of scholarly articles published in the United States in the past three years on:

  1. Gun rights
  2. Abortion
  3. Medical assistance in dying/physician-assisted death
  4. Affirmative action


Daphne Gilbert


Helping to identify structural biases in existing regulatory US state laws for mental health practitioners, and develop revised regulations that incorporate EDI goals as well as protections for early career professionals.


Monnica Williams


One or both of two projects are available:

(1) Moving to a system of national registration for health professionals whilst allowing regulation to exist at the provincial/territorial level. (Could we bypass for those roles not presently regulated, e.g. personal support workers and addiction counsellors?)

(2) Potential legal remedies or collective agreement language to help address the exodus we are witnessing of health workers in light of excessive workloads (including mandatory overtime).


Ivy Bourgeault


This Santéship will focus on the areas of health and law in the Nonreligion in a Complex Future Project. This research examines the vectors of religion and nonreligion through topics including religious and nonreligious responses to COVID-19, medical assistance in dying (MAID), palliative care, and mandatory treatment programs.


Lori Beaman