Brief Bio

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.

Professor Lemmens holds a Licentiate of Laws (LL.Lic.) from the KU Leuven and both a Master of Laws (LLM, specialization bioethics) and Doctorate of Civil Law (DCL) from McGill University. His research sits at the intersection of law, ethics, and professional governance. Currently, his research focuses on the interaction between law, other governance tools, and ethical norms and values in the context of health care, biomedical research, pharmaceutical and other health product development, and knowledge production.

Professor Lemmens’ publications include the co-authored book Reading the Future? Legal and Ethical Challenges of Predictive Genetic Testing, the co-edited volumes Regulating Creation: The Law, Policy and Ethics of Assisted Human Reproduction, and Law and Ethics in Biomedical Research: Regulation, Conflict of Interest, and Liability, as well as numerous chapters and articles in national and international law, policy, science, medicine and bioethics journals. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on Health Research of the Pan American Health Organization. He has participated as member with two expert panels of the Council of Canadian Academies: one on access to health data, the other on advance requests and medical assistance in dying.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Global Justice and Health Seminar (Spring 2013)
  • Transnational and Comparative Health Law and Policy (Spring 2013)