Health Law Review

A professional journal examining issues of concern for lawyers and health care professionals. Presents current issues connected to the medical-legal field.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 3, Spring

An Evaluation of G[E.Sup.3]LS Public Engagement Activities
1. Introduction Public engagement is a significant challenge for many social scientists, physical scientists, and policy makers involved in genetics and genomics research. Despite our commitment to public involvement and extensive research in this...
Assessing the Science of Genetically Modified Crops: The New Frontier of Public Health Policy
"Good science should inform public health policy." (1) Such a claim seems self-evident; however, when matters of public health policy are addressed by the Courts, the role of science becomes murky. At the best of times, when the science is unambiguous,...
At the Institute
On September 14-17, 2006, graduate and post-graduate students from across Canada gathered in Victoria to take part in the Second Annual Student Joint Biotechnology Workshop. Some of the papers presented at this workshop make up this edition of the...
Kant's Antipode: Nietzche's Transvaluation of Human Dignity and Its "Implications" for Biotechnology Policy
"What alone can be our doctrine? That no one gives a human being his qualities." (1) The idea that the development, control or use of a biotechnology either threatens or violates human dignity is frequently harnessed as an argument for strict...
Learning to Swim with Salmon: Pilot Evaluation of Journalism as a Method to Create Information for Public Engagement
Democratic public engagement is an endeavor that must cope with information. In their recent typology of 102 engagement mechanisms, Rowe and Frewer highlight this importance and state: According to such an information flow perspective, an exercise's...
Media Portrayal of Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research
Due to the growing industry support of biomedical research, studies are increasingly scrutinized because of conflicts of interest of investigators and concerns about inaccurate reporting of study results by the popular media. The Association of...
MORGEN & Data Release Policies: An Overview
1. Abstract In this paper I preliminarily examine Genome Canada's data release policy, (1) and patenting as a form of data release. Through a summary of several interesting case studies, I illustrate a sample of data release approaches that are...
Occupational Health and Safety Regulation and the National Institute of Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is the application of science and engineering at the atomic scale. It is at this scale that novel optical, electrical and chemical properties can be observed. The greatest promise of nanotechnology is the diversity of fields that could...
Possible Consequences of Remedy in Monsanto Canada Inc. V. Schmeiser
In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada (S.C.C.) passed judgment on Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser, (1) an infringement action brought about by the possession of genetically modified crops, and the result is one of the most significant cases in Canadian...
The Effect of Genetic Determinism and Exceptionalism on Law and Policy
"We used to think our fate was in the stars. Now we know [it] is in our genes." --James Watson, 1989 (2) Genetic determinism and genetic reductionism are important concepts that, in the latter half of the twentieth century, have caused the geneticization...
The Political and Moral Economies of Science: A Case Study of Genomics in Canada and the United Kingdom
The term political economy describes how nations organize the production and use of wealth. Following from this definition, the political economy of science can be understood as the role that scientific activity plays, or is thought to play, in national...
"Traditional Use" and Regulatory Change in the Arena of Natural Health Products
Over the last three years, the federal government has been pressured to loosen advertising restrictions on Natural Health Products (NHPs). Such pressure has originated both externally (consumer petitions and the industry lobby) and internally (private...
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