I’m a Professor of Law at the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. I am cross-appointed to the Faculty of Medicine and hold the Bertram Loeb Research Chair.

My research focuses on the law, ethics and policy of advancing biomedical technologies. Together with a multidisciplinary group of collaborators, I approach questions at the intersection of neuroscience, neurotechnology, law and ethics, as well as  issues posed by organ donation, transplantation and replacement.

Funded LLM Position - Stages of Human Life

-- A focus on Indigenous laws and knowledge in the Canadian context

Professors Signa Daum Shanks and Jennifer Chandler warmly invite applications from JD students or graduates interested in pursuing an LLM project bringing together health law, Indigenous laws, and more to help the law to understand and explain life stages. The original of this project are in a scientific research project that examines how the biological moment of death is determined. The LLM student creating this project will have the opportunity to broaden their academic efforts in health law, Indigenous law and the colonial history of health sciences and their attitudes to the value of Indigenous knowledge. Further information is available here.

Presentation on Brain Stimulation Law

My plenary presentation at the 5th International Brain Stimulation Conference (Lisbon, February 2023) on the legal issues posed by brain stimulation technologies was discussed in the MIT Technology Review article by Jessica Hamzelou.

International Legal Approaches to Neurosurgery for Psychiatric Disorders​

Chandler JA, Cabrera L, Doshi P, Fecteau S, Herrera-Ferrá K, Fins JJ, Guinjoan S, Hamani C, Hevía M, Honey M, Illes J, Kopell B, Lipsman N, Oliveira-Maya A, MacDonald P, Mayberg H, Nadler R, Nuttin B, Rangel C, Ribeiro R, Wu, H. et al. International legal approaches to neurosurgery for psychiatric disorders. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Download the paper here.