Bartha Knoppers

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Bartha Maria Knoppers
Born (1951-05-26) May 26, 1951 (age 66)
Hilversum, Netherlands
Alma mater McMaster University
University of Cambridge
University of Alberta
McGill University
University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
Employer Université de Montréal
McGill University

Bartha Maria Knoppers, OC OQ (born May 26, 1951) is a Canadian lawyer and an expert on the ethical aspects of genetics, genomics and biotechnology.

Born in Hilversum, Netherlands, she received a Bachelor of Arts (French and English Literature) from McMaster University, a Diploma of Legal Studies from University of Cambridge, a Master of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of Alberta in 1972, a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from McGill University in 1981 (where she was selected as an Executive Editor for the McGill Law Journal),[1] a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1985.[2]

From 2001 to 2009, She held the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine at the Université de Montréal.[3] She is also a counsel at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP[citation needed] . In 2009, she was hired as a Full Professor in McGill University's Department of Human Genetics.[2] She is the chairman of the International Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Project. Knoppers is the lead author of the Stem Cell Charter.

In June 2015, she joined the global life sciences and healthcare team of Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior advisor, and is based out of their Montréal office.[4]

Honours[edit]

In 2002, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition for being "a world authority on the ethical aspects of genetics, genomics and biotechnology".[5] In 2012, she was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.[6] She received a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Waterloo (2001), a Doctor of Medicine Honoris Causa from Université de Paris V (René Descartes) (2002), a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from McMaster University, Ontario (2007) and a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Alberta in 2008. In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[3] She is a fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Masthead, Volume 24". McGill Law Journal. 1980. 
  2. ^ a b "Bartha M. Knoppers". McGill University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Bartha Maria Knoppers". HumGen. 
  4. ^ "Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers joins Norton Rose Fulbright as senior advisor". Norton Rose Fulbright. 
  5. ^ "Order of Canada citation". 
  6. ^ "Les récipiendaires de l'Ordre national du Québec" (in French). Archived from the original on 2012-06-04.