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Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada

Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada

Edited by Jocelyn Downie and Elaine Gibson


The Supreme Court of Canada has issued a number of high-profile health law decisions—Latimer, Rodriguez, and Morgentaler, and the most recent, Chaoulli. Health law has become of great interest to the public and a dynamic, relevant, and important site of jurisprudential activity.

This book brings consideration of all of the major Supreme Court of Canada health law cases together in one place and in a coordinated fashion for the first time. In each chapter, the authors describe the relevant Supreme Court of Canada cases and explore the implications of the cases for their specific topic. Where relevant, the authors reflect on the following cross-cutting themes: the values of autonomy, dignity, liberty, equality, justice, privacy, and life; and the concepts of identity, personhood, community, property, embodiment, health, vulnerability, disability, and oppression. It is important for students, practitioners, policy-makers, academics, and judges to understand the ways in which such values and concepts play out in different ways in different contexts within the health sphere.

This book demonstrates the sweep of issues addressed by the Court and encourages reflection upon the role of the Court in shaping, both directly and indirectly, health care delivery and health policy in Canada. The authors have endeavoured to provide careful and critical evaluation of this role. Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada is designed to contribute to the development of jurisprudence and legislation in the area of health law, policy, and practice.


Jocelyn Downie and Elaine Gibson

The Governance of Health Care: Fundamental Values, Law and Ethics, Courts, Parliament, and the Charter
The Honourable Charles D Gonthier

Judicious Choices: Health Care Resource Decisions and the Supreme Court
Colleen M Flood and Michelle Zimmerman

A Healthy Conception of Rights? — Thinking Relationally About Rights in a Health Care Context
Jennifer Llewellyn

Healthy Communities: Public Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada
Barbara von Tigerstrom

The Multiple Meanings of Causation in the Supreme Court’s Medical Malpractice Jurisprudence: Past, Present, and Future
Joan M Gilmour

Informed Consent: Reasonableness, Risk, and Disclosure
Erin L Nelson

Revisiting Core Principles: Autonomy, Consent, and the Biobanking Challenge
Timothy Caulfield

Women’s Reproductive Equality and the Supreme Court of Canada
Sanda Rodgers

Assisted Death at the Supreme Court of Canada
Jocelyn Downie

The Supreme Court of Canada at the Limits of Decisional Capacity
Sheila Wildeman

Wealth Meets Health: Disabled Immigrants and Calculations of "Excessive Demand"
Constance MacIntosh

Whither Privacy of Health Information at the Supreme Court of Canada?
Elaine Gibson

Patent Law at the Supreme Court of Canada: A Healthy Balance?
Teresa Scassa

Pathways to and from the Supreme Court of Canada for Health Law Litigants
Angela Campbell


Published 29 June 2007
Publisher Irwin Law (Canada)
ISBN 9781552211410
Australian RRP $80.00
International Price $75.00
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