World Association for Medical Law

Scientific Committee - DRAFT


Alexander Capron, MA, LL.B | Scientific Committee Co-Chair

USC Gould School of Law, California, United States

Prof. Alexander Capron is a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. He teaches Public Health Law, Torts, and Law, Science, and Medicine at USC Gould School of Law. He also teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is co-director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics. for a four year period he was the director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

John Blum, PhD | Scientific Committee Co-Chair

John J Waldron Professor of Law at Beazeley Institute for Health Law and policy

John Blum is a pioneer and widely respected expert in health law. As the founding director of Loyola's nationally recognized Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy, he launched four specialized health law degree programs at Loyola. He also expanded the school’s health law curricular offerings and has himself taught numerous health law and policy courses, including Government Health Policy, Long Term Care Law, and Public Health Law. Blum has also supervised more than 20 doctoral dissertations on an array of projects dealing with domestic and international health policy issues and has served as an adjunct professor of medical humanities at Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine.

Blum is widely published in health law and legal literature in areas including hospital law, health regulation, and comparative health law. He is the founding editor of Loyola's student-run Annals of Health Law and Life Sciences and has served on numerous editorial boards including Bloomberg Health Law News and ABA Health Lawyer. Blum has held leadership positions in the America Health Lawyers Association, ABA Health Law Section, American Public Health Association, Center for Telemedicine Law, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys and World Association for Medical Law. He earned his JD degree from Notre Dame Law School and MS Degree in health services administration from Harvard University School of Public Health. He was inducted as Loyala's inaugural Beazley Chair in Health Law and Policy. 

Jonathan Davies, LL.B., LL.M.

Owner, Jonathan Davies & Co.

 LL.M., magna cum laude, Tel Aviv University in collaboration with Berkeley University of California, Commercial Law (2012); LL.B., Tel Aviv University, Law, (1983).

Former Chief Editor of the Israeli Journal of Medicine and Law (Refu'ah Umishpat), and former head of the Council of Presidents of the WAML.

Trudo Lemmens, PhD

Professor, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy

Trudo Lemmens is Professor and Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds cross appointments in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics.  Since joining the Faculty of Law, he has been a member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a visiting fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, a visiting professor at the University Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and the K.U.Leuven (Belgium); a Plumer Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s St. Anne’s College, and an academic visitor at the Faculty of Law and the HeLEX Center for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies of the University of Oxford.

Gilbert Sharp, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Gilbert Sharpe, the former long-time Director of the Legal Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, brings invaluable experience from a distinguished 40-year career in legal practice and advisory roles. He recently established his own boutique healthcare advisory service, following 15 years in private practice as a partner at several major Bay Street law firms.

Internationally, Gilbert has been an advisor on healthcare projects for the World Bank, Inter-American Bank, and the World Health Organization. He advised on US healthcare reforms in part during his tenure as a professor in the health law group at Loyola University in Chicago.

Gilbert holds several professorships, including the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Gilbert received his LLB and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is President of the Canadian Institute of Law and Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Health Law in Canada. Gilbert has published several books, hundreds of articles, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences.

Collen Flood, PhD

Professor and University Research Chair

Colleen M. Flood is a Professor in the University of Ottawa and a University Research Chair in Health Law & Policy. She is inaugural director of the Ottawa Centre for Health Law Ethics and Policy.  From 2000-2015 she was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto with cross-appointments to the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation.  From 2006-2011 she served as a Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Health Services and Policy Research. 

Her primary areas of scholarship are in comparative health care law & policy, public/private financing of health care systems, health care reform, constitutional law, administrative law, and accountability and governance issues more broadly. Her latest book, co-edited with Aeyal Gross of Tel-Aviv University, is entitled The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide and published in 2014 with Cambridge University Press.  Forthcoming in 2016, co-edited with Jennifer Chandler of Ottawa University, is her book entitled Law & Mind:  Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada, with LexisNexis, Canada.

Vugar Mammodov, PhD

WAML Executive Vice-President, Education Committee Chairman, member of EC & BoG

Chairman of Azerbaijan Medical Law and Bioethics Association

Professor of Forensic Medicine, Lawyer

Professor of Forensic Medicine, Azerbaijan Medical University

Professor of Forensic Medicine, Medical Law and Bioethics, Law Faculty, Baku State University

Professor of Law and Health Management, Moscow Sechenov Medical University Baku subsidiary 

Head, Azerbaijan unit, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics

Deputy Chairman, UNESCO National Bioethics Committee, AR National Academy of Sciences 

Berna Arda, MD, PhD

Harvard University, Boston Children’s Hospital

Prof. Berna Arda, a graduate of Ankara University Faculty of Medicine 1987, has medical specialty and PhD degrees, teaches at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine in Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.

Her main research and publication fields are science ethics, human rights, woman and bioethics, medical law, ethics education and disease concept in history of medicine. Visiting scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, between February – July 2015. Guest professor on the University College of London, History of Medicine Center, between January and June 2008. Founder chairperson of Turkish Bioethics Society (1994-2001), Member of High Disciplinary Committee of Turkish Medical Association (2008-2012). Governor (2006- ) and Vice- president (2010- ) of World Association for Medical Law, founder and president International Association for Education in Ethics(2012 – 2016).

James Lockyer

Criminal Defence Lawyer

James Lockyer is a criminal lawyer and a founding director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), a Canada-wide organization that advocates for the wrongly convicted. He has been involved in more than ten wrongful convictions in Canada, including three homicide cases in which post-conviction DNA testing resulted in exonerations. One of these cases, that of Guy Paul Morin, led to a public inquiry in Ontario in 1997. The report made numerous recommendations for avoiding wrongful conviction in the future, and exposing those of the past.

Theirry Vansweevelt, PhD

Professor University of Antwerp, Member the Board of Governors World Association of Medical Law

Thierry Vansweevelt studied law at the UAntwerpen (University of Antwerp) (cum laude). He gained his doctorate in Law with a thesis on “The civil law liability of the doctor and the hospital” (University of Antwerp, 1991). His doctoral thesis was awarded the prestigious “Fernand Collin Prize” in 1992, and he was awarded the “UAntwerpen Research Council Prize” for his entire academic work. As the first professor of medical law Thierry Vansweevelt has been appointed member of the Royal Academy for Medicine of Belgium in 2011.

Thierry Vansweevelt is a member of the Bar of Antwerp as well as the Bar of Brussels. He specialized in medical liability law in which he defends both hospitals, doctors and patients. Insurance law is also close to his heart. He is also devoted to medical law concerning for example the duty of professional confidentiality and euthanasia. 

Theirry Vansweevelt is a full professor at the Law faculty of the University of Antwerp Begium, chairman of the Antwerp Health Law and Ethics Chair, Governor of the board of governors of the World Association of Medical Law, Editor of the World Association of Medical Law Book Series (together with Nicola Glover-Thomas).

Svetlana Pospelova, PhD

Associate Professor, Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University

Dr. Svetlana I. Pospelova has a PhD in Law. She is the Associate Professor of Law at the Medical Law Department of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University). She also functions as the Research Director of the National Institute of Medical Law. She is presently the WAML Governor in the Russian Federation. 

Justice David N. Wecht

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

David N. Wecht is a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice. Wecht is one of three Democrats elected to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in November 2015. He was sworn in to office on January 7, 2016, for a term that expires on January 4, 2026.

Dr Ian Freckelton Q.C.


Ian Freckelton is a Queen’s Counsel in full time practice as a barrister throughout Australia;  a Supreme Court judge in Nauru; a tribunal member; a board and committee member; an investigator of allegations of misconduct by professionals; a professor of law, psychiatry and forensic medicine; a fellow of learned academies; a journal editor; a speaker at international gatherings; an editor; author; historian; and traveler.

Ross Upshur BA(Hons) MA, MD, MSc


Ross Upshur, FRCPC, is a Canadian physician and researcher. He is the Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Director of the Primary Care Research Unit at Sunnybrook Research Institute and a staff physician at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Ross Upshur is the Head, Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Assistant Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. At the University of Toronto he is a Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, an affiliate of the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and a member of the Centre for Environment. He is a member of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada

La-olu A. Osanyin, LLM, CHP 

Vice President of World Association for Medical Law

Laolu Osanyin is Vice President of World Association for Medical Law, Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Committee on Medicine & Law, Member American College of Legal Medicine, he is Convener of Nigerian Medical Law Summit and a Medical Law Consultant in Lagos Nigeria.

Roxanne Mykitiuk, LLM, CHP

Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School

Roxanne Mykitiuk teaches in the areas of Disability Law, Health Law, Bioethics and Family Law. She is the founder and Director of the Disability Law Intensive clinical program and the new Director of Osgoode’s part-time LLM program specializing in Health Law.  Professor Mykitiuk is also the Faculty Co-Chair of Enable York.  From 1990-1992 she was Senior Legal Researcher for the Canadian Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. From 2002-2006 she was a member of the Ontario, Advisory Committee on Genetics and from 2005-2008, she was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. In 2009 Professor Mykitiuk was a scholar in residence at the Law Commission of Ontario working on the Disability and Law Project. She is currently on the Board of Directors of ARCH Disability Law Clinic. Professor Mykitiuk was the Chair of York University’s Senate from 2013-2015.

Interests include Disability Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Law, and Embodiment, Genetic and Reproductive Technologies, Health Law, Family Law

Cécile Bensimon, MA, PhD 

Director, Ethics and Professional Affairs, Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Cécile Bensimon earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Medical Science and Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Cécile has expertise in ethics, medical professionalism, health policy, and strategic policy development and analysis. She has experience in multiple health system environments, the Canadian Foreign Service, and Management Consultancy in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, she was at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Dentistry after returning from a visiting scholarship at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine in humanitarian and disaster ethics. Prior to that, she was a research scientist at Bridgepoint Health after completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. Cécile was an ethics advisor to the Canadian Public Health Agency (PHAC) and Public Health Ontario (PHO) to guide vaccination prioritization plans during the H1N1 pandemic.

During her doctoral studies, she was a Research Fellow with McGill University Faculty of Law Centre for Intellectual Property Policy where she was a member of the International Expert Group on Biotechnology, Innovation and Intellectual Property. As part of her work in global health, she jointly authored the book, Bioindustry Ethics, on ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility in the bioscience industry. Her publications have appeared in the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Public Health Ethics, and Social Science and Medicine. She is an editor of the bilingual journal Canadian Journal of Bioethics. Cécile is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

Toby H. Rose, M.D., FRCPC 

Forensic Pathologist

Toby Rose was the inaugural Deputy Chief Forensic Pathologist of the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service from 2011 to 2018, when she retired from that position.  She still works at the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit in Toronto as a forensic pathologist. 

Dr. Rose received her MD from the University of Saskatchewan and trained in Pathology at the University of Toronto.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Anatomical Pathology, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomical and Forensic Pathology, and Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (Pathology) at the University of Toronto.  She has performed more than 6,000 medicolegal autopsies and has given expert testimony in courts in Ontario and other jurisdictions of Canada.


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