Erin Nelson, BScPT (Alberta), LLB (Alberta), LLM (Columbia), JSD (Columbia)

Professor / Katz Group Chair in Health Law, Faculty of Law


Professor / Katz Group Chair in Health Law, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-7403
469 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Professor Erin Nelson teaches Tort Law, Health Care Ethics and the Law, and Law & Medicine. She is a Fellow and member of the Advisory Board of the Health Law Institute. Professor Nelson obtained her B.Sc.P.T. in 1991 and her LL.B.. in 1995, both from the University of Alberta. After clerking for Mr. Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada, Professor Nelson completed her articles at Witten Binder in Edmonton. She then spent two years as Project Manager at the Health Law Institute in the Faculty of Law before leaving for Columbia University to pursue graduate work in health law.

Professor Nelson joined the Faculty of Law in 2000. She served as the Associate Dean (Research) from 2009-2011. In 2012-13, Professor Nelson served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Honourable Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta. Her research interests include: the interface of health care law and ethics, women's health, issues in reproductive health, and feminist legal theory. She has published articles and book chapters on a number of health law related topics, such as consent, the regulation of health care practitioners, intervention in pregnancy, pediatric genetics and the tort law duties of pregnant women. Her recent book, Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy (Hart, 2013), explores theoretical and practical issues in reproductive decision-making.


  • Health Law
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Health Policy
  • Women's Health Law and Policy
  • Reproductive Health Law and Policy
  • Tort Law