History

Gilbert Sharpe, LL.B., LL.M. launched Health Law in Canada (“HLCJ”) at the same time as his book; “Doctors and the Law” was published in 1979. HLCJ was intended to serve as the journal of a federally-incorporated, not-for-profit organization called the “Canadian Institute of Law and Medicine”. The Institute ran four conferences a year on various health law topics, often examining proposed health legislation. At the time, Gilbert was the Director of Legal Services for the Ontario Ministry of Health. The conferences were opened by the Minister of Health, and Professor Raisa Deber of the University of Toronto attended for the day and provided a summary at the conclusion of each conference. The intention of HLCJ was to involve people from all health disciplines as contributors, not just lawyers. HLCJ never accepted offers of advertisements from external companies, and it tried to keep the articles topical and accessible, as they were aimed primarily at non-legal audiences. HLCJ had an international advisory board and often received contributions from health law experts in other countries. HLCJ existed in this capacity for 34 years until 2014, when a group of young lawyers decided to revamp the journal with a new mandate and board. Please see the ‘About Us’ section for more information.