The Challenge of Biotechnology and Public Policy


Bartha Maria Knoppers, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, is Professor at the Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, Senior Researcher (C.R.D.P.) and Counsel to the firm of Borden Ladner Gervais. She is a graduate of McMaster University, (B.A.), University of Alberta (M.A.), McGill University (LL.B., B.C.L.), Cambridge University, U.K., (D.L.S.), Sorbonne (Paris I) (Phd.) and was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1985.

Currently, Chair of the International Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), she was a member of the International Bioethics Committee of the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which drafted the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (1993-97). She is Co-Founder of the International Institute of Research in Ethics and Biomedicine (IREB) and Co-Director of the Quebec Network of Applied Genetic Medicine (RMGA). In 1999, she became a member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, and in the year 2000 of the Board of Genome Canada.

In October 2001 she received a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from the University of Waterloo and in February 2002 was elected Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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