Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law

Patricia Peppin

Professor of Law
Cross Appointed to Medicine

B.A. (Hons.), M.A., LL.B. (Queen's) 

Faculty of Law
Queen's University
Kingston Ontario
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000, ext. 77011
fax: (613) 533-6509
e-mail: peppinp@queensu.ca


Teaching Subjects

  • Health Law
  • Torts
  • Mental Health Law

Recent Professional Achievements

  • Published articles on drug advertising and research
  • Presented papers to the Congress of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and the Urban Health and Race Law Conference at DePaul University College of Law
  • Co-edited a collection of papers, “Catalysts for University Education in Developmental Disabilities” and wrote one of the papers, "Here Be Dragons?", on teaching law to medical practitioners
  • Directs the Law Program, School of Medicine

Current Research

 I am currently working on images of inequality in prescription drug advertisements, and on innovation in the pharmaceutical field and its impact on women’s health.

Selected Articles in Journals and Book Chapters

  • “Knowledge and Power: Drug Products Liability Actions and Women’s Health”, in Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law. Janice Richardson and Erika Rackley (eds.) (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge Press, 2012), at pp. 105-125.
  • “Informed Consent” in Canadian Health Law and Policy. Jocelyn Downie, Timothy Caulfield and Colleen Flood (eds.) 4th ed.  (Markham: LexisNexis, 2011) at pp. 153-194, and 3rd ed. (Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2007), at 189-221.
  • “Vaccines and the Emerging Challenges for Public Health Law”, in Public Health Law and Policy in Canada. Tracey M. Bailey, Timothy C. Caulfield, and Nola M. Ries (eds.) (Markham: LexisNexis Butterworths, 2005) at 131-163 and 2nd ed. (2008) at 133-177 and 3rd edition, forthcoming.
  • Contributor, Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Public Health. LexisNexis Canada: Markham, 2010.
  • “Gender Equity in Clinical Trials in Canada: Aspiration or Achievement?”, with Roxanne Mykitiuk, (2008) 2 International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) 100-124.
  • “Litigating Antidepressants: Challenging Constructs of Health in Pharmaceutical Promotion” in Brave New World of Health. Belinda Bennett, Terry Carney, and Isabel Karpin (eds.) (Annandale, NSW: Federation Press, 2008), at pp. 166-181.
  • “Directing Consumption: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Global Public Health”, in Globalization and Health: Challenges for Health Law and Bioethics, Belinda Bennett and George Tomossy (eds.), (Amsterdam: Springer, 2006) at 109-128.
  • “The Power of Illusion and the Illusion of Power: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Canadian Health Care”, in Just Medicare. Colleen Flood (ed.) (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) at 355-378.
  • “Signs of Inequality: Constructing Disability in Antidepressant Drug Advertising”, with Elaine Carty, (2003) Health Law Journal, Special Edition: Precedent and Innovation, Health Law in the 21st Century, 161-184.
  • “Manufacturing Uncertainty: Adverse Effects of Drug Development for Women” (2003) 26(5) International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Special Issue on Locating Psychiatry and Women’s Mental Health, Sept./Oct. 2003, 515-532.
  • “Semiotics, Stereotypes, and Women’s Health: Signifying Inequality in Drug Advertising”, with Elaine Carty, (2001) 13 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 326-360.
  • “Innovation, Myths and Equality: Constructing Drug Knowledge in Research and Advertising”, with Elaine Carty, (2001) 23 Sydney Law Review, Special Issue on Medicine and Law, 543-576.
  • “Entitlements for People with Developmental Disabilities” with Harry Beatty and David Baker, in Ivan Brown and Maire Percy (eds.), Developmental Disabilities in Ontario (2nd ed.) (Toronto: Front Porch Publishing, 2002) at 67-86, and (1st ed.) with David Baker, at 67-82.
  • “Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Dual Diagnosis” in Dual Diagnosis: An Introduction to the Mental Health Needs of People with Developmental Disabilities. Dorothy Griffiths, Chrissoule Stavrakaki and Jane Summers (eds.) (Sudbury: NADD, Habilitative Mental Health Resource Network, 2002), at 56 1-593.
  • “Here Be Dragons?: Creating Legal Understanding in Health and Social Service Environments” in Catalysts for University Education in Developmental Disabilities. Bruce McCreary, Patricia Peppin and Barbara Stanton (eds.) (Kingston: Developmental Consulting Program, 2001) at 177-190.
  • “Women’s Health and Law — An Emerging Field” Editorial, with Lorraine E. Ferris (1999-00) 1 Journal of Women Health and Law ix.
  • “A Feminist Challenge to Tort Law” in Feminist Perspectives on the Foundational Subjects of Law. Anne Bottomley (ed.) (London: Cavendish Publishing, 1996) at 69-85..
  • “Feminism, Law and the Pharmaceutical Industry” in Frank Pearce and Laureen Snider (eds.) Corporate Crime: Contemporary Debates (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995) at 87-113.
  • “Power and Disadvantage in Medical Relationships” (1994) 3 Texas Journal of Women and the Law 221-263.
  • “Emergency Legislation and Rights in Canada: The War Measures Act and Civil Liberties” (1993) 18 Queen’s Law Journal 129-190.
  • “Drug/Vaccine Risks: Patient Decision-Making and Harm Reduction in the Pharmaceutical Company Duty to Warn Action” (1991) 70 Canadian Bar Review 473-516.
  • “Justice and Care: Mental Disability and Sterilization Decisions” (1989-1990) 6 Canadian Human Rights Yearbook 65-112
  • “Sexuality and Contraception for Developmentally Handicapped Persons” with Richard MacLachlan, Canadian Family Physician 1986: 32; 163: 1-37.