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Ian Stedman

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School of Public Policy and Administration

Assistant Professor

Email: istedman@yorku.ca

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Ian Stedman is an Assistant Professor, Canadian Public Law and Governance in the School of Public Policy and Administration. He is also cross-appointed to the graduate program at Osgoode Hall Law School. After being called to the bar of Ontario in 2009, Professor Stedman practiced law in the private sector before moving to the public sector where he advised public officials about their ethical and legal obligations. His expertise in public sector governance, particularly in relation to ethics and accountability, accordingly, underscores much of his academic work.

Professor Stedman's research program is focused both on the law of public sector governance and accountability and also on bringing that literature to bear on the regulation of innovative and emerging technologies (particularly in healthcare).

Being a person with a rare disease, Professor Stedman also advocates for the rare disease community and has a growing research program focusing on the technologies and policies driving greater personalization in healthcare. He currently sits as a member of the CIHR Institute of Genetics' Institute Advisory Board and previously held the inaugural research fellowship in Artificial Intelligence Law & Ethics at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children’s Centre for Computational Medicine. He subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship researching the Governance of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare at Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell’s Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (OUCH) Lab, at York University.

Professor Stedman serves as a legal member on the Research Ethics Board at SickKids and is a member of York University’s A.I. and Society Task Force. His work in the area of law and technology earned him the IP Osgoode David Vaver Medal for Excellence in IP Law in 2020.

Graduate Research Supervision: Professor Stedman is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed and to comment on his interest in supervision prior to the submission of an official application. He is broadly interested in supervising research in the areas of: 1) public sector ethics, and 2) the legal and ethical implications of technologies and policies relevant to the personalization of healthcare, including current and potential uses of genome editing and artificial intelligence.

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Degrees

Honours B.A. (Philosophy), University of Western Ontario
M.A. (Philosophy), York University
LL.B., University of Alberta
LL.M., University of Toronto
Ph.D. (Law), Osgoode Hall Law School

Appointments

Osgoode Hall Law School

Professional Leadership

2020-present: CIHR Institute of Genetics, Institute Advisory Board Member.
2020-present: CIHR Institute of Genetics’ Pan-Canadian Genomic Consent Project, Legal Member of Working Group.
2018-present: York University Artificial Intelligence and Society Task Force, Committee Member.
2018-present: My Studies (the research platform for RareConnect.org), Steering Committee Legal Lead.
2018-2019: SickKids’ Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Task Force (AIM), Member of Translation group (focused on translating AI into research and clinical practice).

Community Contributions

2016-present: Research Ethics Board, Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids), Legal Member.
2019-2021: European Union’s Rare2030 Project, Panel of Experts, Member of Data & Registries subgroup.
2017-18: Government of Ontario, Rare Disease Implementation Plan Steering Committee: Access to Genomic Diagnosis Sub-Group, Member.
2015-18: Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Board of Directors and Chair, Audit Committee.
2014-18: Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee, City of Markham.

Research Interests

Law and Justice , Governance, Public Sector Ethics & Accountability, Rare Disease Policy, Healthcare Technologies
Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Ethical Lawyering and Artificial Intelligence” in G. D’Agostino, C. Piovesan & A. Gaon eds., Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law (Thomson Reuters Canada), pgs 145-161.

2021

“Ethics Commissions.” in I. Greene & D. Shugarman, eds., Honest Politics Now: What Ethical Conduct means in Canadian Public Life, Second Edition. (Toronto, ON: Lorimer, 2017), pp. 124-153 (first author, 90% contribution) Co-authored by Ian Greene.

2017

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Stedman, I. (2021). Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault, and Sridhar Venkatapuram, eds. Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press, 2020. 630 pp. Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit Et Société, 36(1), 185-187. doi:10.1017/cls.2021.1

2021

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"From Clinic to Computer and Back Again: Practical Considerations When Designing and Implementing Machine Learning Solutions for Pediatrics" (co-authored with Sujay Nagaraj, Vinyas Harish, Liam G McCoy, Felipe Morgado, Stephen Lu, Erik Drysdale, Michael Brudno, and Devin Singh) Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics

2020

“Human Germline Genome Editing is Illegal in Canada, But Could it be Desirable for Some Members of the Rare Disease Community?” (50/50 with Erika Kleiderman, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Canada) Journal of Community Genetics

2020

“A Call to Action: Moving Forward with Canadian Artificial Intelligence Policy” (50/50 with Aviv Gaon, Professor, IDC Herzliya, Israel) Alberta Law Review, July 2019, Vol 56, Iss 4, p. 1137.

2019

“Everything Under One Roof: Canada’s evolving model of Parliamentary Ethics”. Jindal Global Law Review, April 2018, Vol 9, Iss 1, pp. 109-129.

2018

“Harnessing the Twittersphere: How using Social Media can Benefit Government Ethics Offices.” Canadian Public Administration, May 2018, Vol 61, Iss S1, pp. 79-101.

2018

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

"The 'Outrage Porn' Problem: How our Never-Ending Fury is leading to Hollowed-out Discussions about Government Ethics and Accountability". Canadian Political Science Association (1 June 2017).

2017

"There can be no Accountability Without Transparency: An Examination of Nova Scotia’s Outdated Government Ethics Legislation" Atlantic Conference on Public Administration, January 2016.

2016

Other

Publication
Year

Opinion piece: "Maybe artificial intelligence will drastically change health care, but who will benefit?", The Hill Times (8 February 2021) on page 30 of Health Policy Briefing.

2021

PhD Dissertation: "Resisting Obsolescence: A Comprehensive Study of Canada's Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and the Office's Efforts to Innovate While Strategically Asserting Greater Independence", Osgoode Hall Law School.

2020

"It’s time to rethink what the medical profession considers a ‘rare disease’", The Conversation (27 February 2019).

2019

LLM Thesis: "Understanding the Unwritten Rules: Examining the use of Ontario Parliamentary Convention to Guide the Conduct of Elected Officials in Ontario" University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2015)

2015


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2021 AP/PPAS2200 3.0 A Communities and Public Law REMT
Fall 2021 GS/DMGM5120 1.5 A Canadian Administrative Law and Ethics REMT
Fall 2021 AP/PPAS4190 3.0 A Ethics and the Public Service REMT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2022 AP/PPAS2200 3.0 M Communities and Public Law LECT


Ian Stedman is an Assistant Professor, Canadian Public Law and Governance in the School of Public Policy and Administration. He is also cross-appointed to the graduate program at Osgoode Hall Law School. After being called to the bar of Ontario in 2009, Professor Stedman practiced law in the private sector before moving to the public sector where he advised public officials about their ethical and legal obligations. His expertise in public sector governance, particularly in relation to ethics and accountability, accordingly, underscores much of his academic work.

Professor Stedman's research program is focused both on the law of public sector governance and accountability and also on bringing that literature to bear on the regulation of innovative and emerging technologies (particularly in healthcare).

Being a person with a rare disease, Professor Stedman also advocates for the rare disease community and has a growing research program focusing on the technologies and policies driving greater personalization in healthcare. He currently sits as a member of the CIHR Institute of Genetics' Institute Advisory Board and previously held the inaugural research fellowship in Artificial Intelligence Law & Ethics at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children’s Centre for Computational Medicine. He subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship researching the Governance of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare at Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell’s Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (OUCH) Lab, at York University.

Professor Stedman serves as a legal member on the Research Ethics Board at SickKids and is a member of York University’s A.I. and Society Task Force. His work in the area of law and technology earned him the IP Osgoode David Vaver Medal for Excellence in IP Law in 2020.

Graduate Research Supervision: Professor Stedman is willing to read preliminary proposals from strong students in the areas of interest listed and to comment on his interest in supervision prior to the submission of an official application. He is broadly interested in supervising research in the areas of: 1) public sector ethics, and 2) the legal and ethical implications of technologies and policies relevant to the personalization of healthcare, including current and potential uses of genome editing and artificial intelligence.

Degrees

Honours B.A. (Philosophy), University of Western Ontario
M.A. (Philosophy), York University
LL.B., University of Alberta
LL.M., University of Toronto
Ph.D. (Law), Osgoode Hall Law School

Appointments

Osgoode Hall Law School

Professional Leadership

2020-present: CIHR Institute of Genetics, Institute Advisory Board Member.
2020-present: CIHR Institute of Genetics’ Pan-Canadian Genomic Consent Project, Legal Member of Working Group.
2018-present: York University Artificial Intelligence and Society Task Force, Committee Member.
2018-present: My Studies (the research platform for RareConnect.org), Steering Committee Legal Lead.
2018-2019: SickKids’ Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Task Force (AIM), Member of Translation group (focused on translating AI into research and clinical practice).

Community Contributions

2016-present: Research Ethics Board, Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids), Legal Member.
2019-2021: European Union’s Rare2030 Project, Panel of Experts, Member of Data & Registries subgroup.
2017-18: Government of Ontario, Rare Disease Implementation Plan Steering Committee: Access to Genomic Diagnosis Sub-Group, Member.
2015-18: Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Board of Directors and Chair, Audit Committee.
2014-18: Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee, City of Markham.

Research Interests

Law and Justice , Governance, Public Sector Ethics & Accountability, Rare Disease Policy, Healthcare Technologies

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Ethical Lawyering and Artificial Intelligence” in G. D’Agostino, C. Piovesan & A. Gaon eds., Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law (Thomson Reuters Canada), pgs 145-161.

2021

“Ethics Commissions.” in I. Greene & D. Shugarman, eds., Honest Politics Now: What Ethical Conduct means in Canadian Public Life, Second Edition. (Toronto, ON: Lorimer, 2017), pp. 124-153 (first author, 90% contribution) Co-authored by Ian Greene.

2017

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Stedman, I. (2021). Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault, and Sridhar Venkatapuram, eds. Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa Press, 2020. 630 pp. Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit Et Société, 36(1), 185-187. doi:10.1017/cls.2021.1

2021

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"From Clinic to Computer and Back Again: Practical Considerations When Designing and Implementing Machine Learning Solutions for Pediatrics" (co-authored with Sujay Nagaraj, Vinyas Harish, Liam G McCoy, Felipe Morgado, Stephen Lu, Erik Drysdale, Michael Brudno, and Devin Singh) Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics

2020

“Human Germline Genome Editing is Illegal in Canada, But Could it be Desirable for Some Members of the Rare Disease Community?” (50/50 with Erika Kleiderman, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Canada) Journal of Community Genetics

2020

“A Call to Action: Moving Forward with Canadian Artificial Intelligence Policy” (50/50 with Aviv Gaon, Professor, IDC Herzliya, Israel) Alberta Law Review, July 2019, Vol 56, Iss 4, p. 1137.

2019

“Everything Under One Roof: Canada’s evolving model of Parliamentary Ethics”. Jindal Global Law Review, April 2018, Vol 9, Iss 1, pp. 109-129.

2018

“Harnessing the Twittersphere: How using Social Media can Benefit Government Ethics Offices.” Canadian Public Administration, May 2018, Vol 61, Iss S1, pp. 79-101.

2018

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

"The 'Outrage Porn' Problem: How our Never-Ending Fury is leading to Hollowed-out Discussions about Government Ethics and Accountability". Canadian Political Science Association (1 June 2017).

2017

"There can be no Accountability Without Transparency: An Examination of Nova Scotia’s Outdated Government Ethics Legislation" Atlantic Conference on Public Administration, January 2016.

2016

Other

Publication
Year

Opinion piece: "Maybe artificial intelligence will drastically change health care, but who will benefit?", The Hill Times (8 February 2021) on page 30 of Health Policy Briefing.

2021

PhD Dissertation: "Resisting Obsolescence: A Comprehensive Study of Canada's Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and the Office's Efforts to Innovate While Strategically Asserting Greater Independence", Osgoode Hall Law School.

2020

"It’s time to rethink what the medical profession considers a ‘rare disease’", The Conversation (27 February 2019).

2019

LLM Thesis: "Understanding the Unwritten Rules: Examining the use of Ontario Parliamentary Convention to Guide the Conduct of Elected Officials in Ontario" University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2015)

2015


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2021 AP/PPAS2200 3.0 A Communities and Public Law REMT
Fall 2021 GS/DMGM5120 1.5 A Canadian Administrative Law and Ethics REMT
Fall 2021 AP/PPAS4190 3.0 A Ethics and the Public Service REMT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2022 AP/PPAS2200 3.0 M Communities and Public Law LECT