Bernard Dickens

Bernard M. Dickens, LLM, PhD, LLD
Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Telephone: (416) 978-4849
Email: bernard.dickens@utoronto.ca email link

 

Bernard M. Dickens, called to the English Bar in 1963 and the Ontario Bar in 1977, is the Dr. William M. Scholl Professor in Health Law and Policy in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Professor Dickens specializes in Law and Medicine, and has taught at the College of Law in London and Columbia University, New York in addition to the University of Toronto.

 

Professor Dickens is legal articles editor of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, co-editor of ethical and legal issues of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, serves as a member of the editorial boards of several journals including the American Journal of Law and Medicine and Medicine and the Law, and has been involved in a wide variety of organizations in the field of medical jurisprudence.

 

He was Project Director to the Ontario Law Reform Commission’s Project on Human Artificial Reproduction and Related Matters, and has been a consultant on several projects of the World Health Organization, including on issues in organ transplantation and research involving human subjects. His writing includes over three hundred publications including books, chapters in books, articles and reports primarily in the field of medical and health law, including Bioethics in Canada (1993, with D. Roy and J. Williams). He was elected for the maximum of two terms to the Board of Governors of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and in 1990-91 he was President of the Society. From 1994 has been on the Board of Governors of the World Association for Medical Law, and has been a Vice President since 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (London), Chairman of the Human Subjects Ethics Review Committee of the University of Toronto, and from 1995 to 1999 was Chairman of the Human Subjects Research Ethics Committee of the National Research Council of Canada, in Ottawa. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998. Most recently, with R.J. Cook and M.F. Fathalla, he co-authored the book Reproductive Health and Human Rights: Integrating Medicine, Ethics and Law (Oxford University Press, 2003).