Last updated on: 7/19/2018 | Author:

Amir Attaran, LLB, DPhil, MS Biography

Professor of Law and Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health, and Global Development Policy at the University of Ottawa
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“In February 2015, Canada legalized physician-assisted dying — a first among countries with common-law systems, in which law is often developed by judges through case decisions and precedent…

These developments will trouble people who instinctively find legalized physician-assisted dying repellent. But increasingly, society is acknowledging that denying people the right to die with dignity and safety is even more repellent.”

“Unanimity on Death with Dying–Legalizing Physician-Assisted Dying in Canada,”, May 28, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health, and Global Development Policy, University of Ottawa
  • Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005-present
  • Faculty member, School of Public Health, Yale University, 2003-2005
  • Former Fellow, Chatham House (formerly Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • Faculty member, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2000-2005
  • Former Codirector, Commission of Macroeconomics and Health, World Health Organization, Center for International Development
  • Advisor, patent and trade law, Ministry of Health, Brazil, 2001
  • Environmental lawyer, Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 1999-2000
  • Former lawyer, Sierra Legal Defence Fund
  • LLB, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada), 1999
  • DPhil, Oxford University, 1996
  • MS, California Institute of Technology, 1992
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Biomedical Sciences, Howard Hughes Medical Institute for Graduate Studies
  • BA, Neuroscience, University of California at Berkeley,
  • Twitter handle: @profamirattaran
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  1. Is a Physician ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?