Professor of Law,
University of Montreal
Bartha Knoppers, law professor and Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine, is senior researcher at the Center for Public Law Research (CRDP). She also serves as counsel to the firm of Borden Ladner Gervais. An expert in law, ethics, and biotechnology, she chairs the International Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO).
Prof. Knoppers was a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, which drafted the "Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights" (1993-97). She was a co-founder of the International Institute of Research in Ethics and Biomedicine and is co-director of the Quebec Network of Applied Genetic Medicine (RMGA). She is a member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, the board of Genome Canada, and the Standing Committee on Ethics of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and she has led and served on many other committees and commissions.
The author of numerous books and articles, Prof. Knoppers has written on many topics, including DNA sampling, gene therapy, Alzheimer's disease, and xenotransplantation (the transfer of living cells, tissues, and organs from nonhumans to humans for medical purposes). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2002 was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada.
Prof. Knoppers received her B.A. from McMaster University, a master's degree from the University of Alberta, LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees from McGill University, a Diploma of Legal Studies from Cambridge University (UK), and a doctorate from the Sorbonne (Paris I). She has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo.