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Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers joins Norton Rose Fulbright as senior advisor

June 25, 2015


Key industry sectors

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada is pleased to announce that Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, an internationally renowned lawyer in the field of the ethics of medicine, genetics and genomics, is joining our life sciences and healthcare team as a senior advisor. She will work out of our Montréal office. Professor Knoppers will provide thought leadership, guidance and assistance to our lawyers and clients in Canada and around the world in respect of the latest and most crucial developments in this key industry sector.

Charles Hurdon, managing partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, said:

"We are delighted that Professor Knoppers has decided to join our team. Her wealth of knowledge of ethics and policy in the life sciences sector will bring great benefits. She is a phenomenal resource for our lawyers, professionals and clients in Canada and across the Norton Rose Fulbright global platform. Her extensive experience will allow us to enrich our service offering both nationally and internationally."

Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers said:

"I'm very pleased to be part of Norton Rose Fulbright's global life sciences and healthcare team. I look forward to advising on developments arising in the sector, including the ethical and legal aspects of human genetics, genomics and biotechnology."

Professor Knoppers is the Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine and a professor at McGill University. She chaired the International Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization from 1996 to 2004 and was a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO that drafted the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights. In 2013, she became chair of the Ethics and Regulatory Working Group of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health.

She is the founder of the International Consortium - Public Population Project in Genomics and Society (P3G) and of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University. She specializes in international policy-making in the life sciences, with a particular focus on setting up research consortia and on attendant needs in consent, confidentiality and intellectual property.

Professor Knoppers studied law at McGill University, Cambridge University and also the Sorbonne (Paris), where she obtained a Doctorate in Medical Law. She is an Officer of both the Order of Canada and the Ordre national du Québec and holds many honorary degrees.

For further information please contact:

Peter Zvanitajs, public relations manager
Tel: +1 416 216 1871; Mob: +1 416 553 5789

Elisabeth Besson, senior public relations advisor
Tel: +1 514 847 4349; Mob: +1 514 688 0876

Fred Cheney, public relations and marketing manager
Tel: +1 403 267 8168; Mob: +1 403 804 3269

Notes for editors:

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Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.

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