57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 346
(613) 562-5800 Ext. 3286
B.Sc. (University of Western Ontario)
LL.B. (Queen's University)
Member of the Bar of Ontario.
Jennifer Chandler joined the Faculty of Law in 2002, after practising law with a national firm and serving as a law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada.
She recently completed her sabbatical as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore.
She is the Co-Chair of the Law and Ethics Group within the Canadian National Transplant Research Program. She is also a Member of the Ethics Working Group on Organ Transplantation, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario.
In 2013-2014, Professor Chandler is teaching Mental Health Law and Neuroethics. She will also be conducting research in relation to organ donation and transplantation as the holder of the 2012-2014 James Kreppner Fellowship (Canadian Blood Services).
She also teaches Medical Legal Issues and Tort Law. In the past, she has taught a graduate level course called "Technoprudence," which addresses technology and legal theory.
Professor Chandler welcomes communication from excellent students seeking to pursue graduate studies in law in the following areas:
- Mind, Brain and Law (neuroscience and the law, neuroethics, mental health law (civil, criminal and human rights aspects)
- Organ donation and transplantation, regenerative medicine (legal and ethical aspects)
"Mind Brain and Law" Reading Group
Professor Chandler holds a reading group for a small number of dedicated students interested in ethico-legal questions raised by emerging research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioural genetics, as well as issues in mental health law. The group meets approximately for about 1.5-2 hours every 2 weeks to discuss journal articles selected by the group. Members need not have a scientific background (typically about one third of members have such a background), but should have a high level of interest in exploring the ethical, social and legal aspects of the sciences of the mind. Interested students should contact Professor Chandler at email@example.com.
Professor Chandler's research is focused on the law and ethics of neuroscience and other advances in biology and medicine. She is currently working on the following projects:
- Law and memory: The law and ethics of detecting and manipulating memory.
- The use of neuroscientific and behavioural genetic evidence in Canadian courts.
- The law and ethics of legally-coerced consent to medical treatment in the context of criminal rehabilitation.
- Autonomy, capacity-enhancing medical treatment, and the legal scope of personal responsibility for incapacity.
- Death determination criteria, public understanding of brain death.
- Family decision-making around end of life and organ donation.
Selected Publications (Publication List 2013)
Mind, Brain and Law
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "Mind, Brain and Law: Issues at the intersection of Neuroscience, Personal Identity and the Legal System," (invited chapter, forthcoming 2013-2014, Handbook of Neuroethics, Springer).
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "Autonomy and the Unintended Legal Consequences of Emerging Neurotherapies," (2011) Neuroethics DOI:10.1007/s12152-011-9109-5.
- Jennifer A. Chandler, “Reading the Judicial Mind: How will courts react to the use of neuroimaging technologies fordetecting deception?” (2010) 33(1) Dalhousie Law Journal 85-116.
Organ Donation and Transplantation - Law and Ethics
- J. Burkell, J.A. Chandler and S.D.Shemie, "Attitudes toward reciprocity systems for organ donation and allocation for transplantation," (forthcoming, 2013, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.)
- Jennifer A. Chandler, Jacquelyn Burkell and Sam D. Shemie "Priority in organ allocation to previously registered donors: Public perceptions of the fairness and effectiveness of priority systems," (2012) 22(4) Progress in Transplantation 413-422.
- S.D. Shemie, L. Hornby, J. Chandler, P. Nickerson, J. Burkell, "Lifetime probabilities of needing an organ transplant versus donating an organ after death," (2011) 11(10) American Journal of Transplantation 2085-2092.
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "Priority systems in the allocation of organs for transplant: Should we reward those who have previously agreed to donate?" (2005) 13 Health Law Journal 99-138.
Regulation of Scientific Inquiry - Stem Cells, Cloning
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "Does a patient have a constitutional right to freedom of medical research? Regenerative medicine and therapeutic cloning research in Canada," (2012) 6(2) McGill Journal of Law and Health 1-53.
- A. Zarzeczny et al. "iPS Cells: Mapping the Policy Issues," (2009) 139(6) Cell 1032-1037.
- Ian Kerr, Jennifer Chandler and Timothy Caulfield, "Emerging Health Technologies," in Downie, Caulfield and Flood Eds. Canadian Health Law and Policy 4th ed. Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2011.
Philosophy of Technology
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "Obligatory technologies: Explaining why people feel compelled to use certain technologies," (2012) 32(4) Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 255-264. (This is a modified version of the following article, prepared at the request of the Bulletin).
- Jennifer A Chandler, "Obligatory technologies and the autonomy of patients in biomedical ethics" (2011) 20(4) Griffith Law Review 905-930.
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "Technological self-defense and equality" (2010) 56(1) McGill Law Journal 39-76.
- Jennifer A. Chandler, "The autonomy of technology: Do courts control technology or do they just legitimize its social acceptance?" (2007) 27(5) Bulletin of Science TEchnology and Society 339-348.
Recent Presentations (selected):
Mind, Brain and Law
- "Deep brain stimulation: Neurosecurity and side effects" (Invisible Harms: A Global Perspective, University of Pennsylvania, November 2013, Philadelphia).
- "Public reactions to media reports of the use of fMRI to communicate with Scott Routley, a Canadian in a persistent vegetative state" (poster, Annual Meeting of the International Neuroethics Society, November, 2013, San Diego).
- "Are we our brains? Three suggested legal consequences of neuroessentialism" (Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC, October, 2013, Vancouver) Public presentation available here.
- "Law and Capacity: Challenges to the Law from Neuroscience" (Ottawa Hospital, May 2013, Ottawa).
- "Behavioural Genetics and Criminal Law" (Centre for Law, Technology and Society, March, 2013, Ottawa).
- "Memory-dampening treatment for PTSD" (Queen's University, March, 2013, Kingston).
- "Rewiring Offenders: Criminal Law and Emerging Neuroscience" (University of Saskatchewan, November 2012, Saskatoon).
- "Neuroscientific evidence in Canadian criminal cases: 2005-2010) (European Association of Neuroscience and the Law, September 2012, The Hague).
- "Neurolaw and neuroethics: Issues at the intersection of law and neuroscience" (Institute for Science, Society and Policy, May 2012, Ottawa).
- "Legally-coerced consent to neurotherapies" (University of British Columbia, March 2012, Vancouver)
- "Emerging Issues: Deep brain stimulation and the neuroscience of behaviour" (National Judicial Institute, March 2012, Vancouver)
- "Legal implications of deep brain stimulation" (Cologne, February 2012)
- "Who decides when a life is no longer worth living? Discusion of Rasouli v. Sunnybrook" (University of Ottawa, November 2012, Ottawa)
- "Between life and death - How does determining the time of death affect the ethics of organ donation"(Cafe Scientifique, February 2012, Ottawa)
- "Reciprocity systems in organ donation" (Singapore Medico-Legal Society, July 2011, Singapore)