Emmanuelle Bernheim elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Civil Law Section is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Emmanuelle Bernheim to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, “Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership” (RSC, The College).

Professor Bernheim is an internationally recognized expert in the area of ​​access to justice and mental health law. A true pioneer in the field, her work is distinguished by its focus on the judicialization of people who are poor or struggling with mental health problems, calling attention to the difficult interaction between the justice system and people marginalized by their social situation or their health problems. Her interdisciplinary research draws on law and sociology to denounce the lack of access to justice for poor and psychiatricized people, establishing a dialogue with the field of medicine on issues of consent to care and ethical issues surrounding the refusal of psychiatric care connected to individuals’ social conditions. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in July 2020, Professor Bernheim was a faculty member in the Département des sciences juridiques at l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

The College of the Royal Society of Canada aims to address issues of major importance by fostering a climate of interdisciplinary collaboration while pursuing its ultimate goal of enriching society. In 2018, the Dean of the Civil Law Section, Marie-Eve Sylvestre, was elected as a member of the College.

Professor Bernheim will officially become a member at the RSC's virtual gala “Celebration of Excellence and Engagement”, which will take place from November 23-29, 2020.

Congratulations to Professor Bernheim on this exceptional achievement!

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