One of my favourite parts of being a professor is the work I have been lucky to do with talented, intellectually curious, motivated graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. As students develop into independent researchers and scholars – the experts in their own chosen area – I am able to assist them and learn alongside them. The long-term success of my students as well as sharing the excitement and creativity of developing original contributions in the field are my main goals. Students interested in graduate or postdoctoral positions in areas related to the ethical, legal and social aspects of the brain sciences and technologies, mental health law and policy, or organ donation and transplantation ethics, law and policy are most welcome to contact me at

Current Ph.D. Students / Post-Docs

Tugba Basaran Akmazoglu


Ph.D. Project Title: Towards the Legal Conceptualization of Advanced Prostheses by Using Proximity-to-Person as the Benchmark

Tugba Basaran Akmazoglu is a Ph.D. candidate in Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, under the supervision of Prof. Jennifer A Chandler. Her research focuses on the legal regulation of human-technology interaction and symbiosis, and the changing boundaries of human body along with the merger of progressively evolving smart prostheses with the human body. Her dissertation project is informed by the spatio-legal lens, the personhood theory of property, and philosophy of technology, centered on human-technology co-constitution.

Tugba holds a law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Ankara Faculty of Law. She received her LL.M. degrees at K.U Leuven (with specialization in European Union Law and as a recipient of the Jean Monnet Fellowship of the European Commission), and at the University of Oslo and Leibniz University of Hannover (double degree LL.M. within the framework of the European Legal Informatics Study Program in IT Law) and wrote her thesis on the regulation of civil law liability of autonomous service robots.

Robin Whitehead

Dissertation Title: Deadly Discrimination: Police-Involved Deaths and Mental Health Disability in Canada

Amanda van Beinum


Project Title: Opting in to Neurofutures –experiences of choosing and using brain stimulation treatments

Amanda van Beinum is a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Chandler. Amanda completed her PhD in Sociology at Carleton University in 2021 where her doctoral work involved an STS-informed analysis of the social meanings of death and lifesaving amidst the life-support technologies of the intensive care unit. This cross-disciplinary project built on findings from her MSc. (Epidemiology)obtained previously at the University of Ottawa.

Amanda’s postdoctoral research employs critical perspectives in feminist STS, critical disability studies, and critical posthumanism to qualitatively explore the embodied social and technological impacts of deep brain stimulation as an emerging therapy for the treatment of psychiatric illness.

Graduated Ph.D. Students

Neil Harrel


Dissertation Title: The Changing Governance of Genetic Intervention Technologies:  An Analysis of Legal Change Patterns, Drivers, Impacts and a Proposed Reform

Kristen Thomasen


Dissertation Title: Private Law & Public Space : The Canadian Privacy Torts in an Era of Personal Remote-Surveillance Technology (co-supervised with Teresa Scassa)