Lorian Hardcastle

Dr. Lorian Hardcastle



Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.2038


Office: MFH3345


Educational Background

Doctor of Judicial Science (SJD) University of Toronto, 2014

LLM University of Toronto, 2006

JD with Health Law and Policy Specialization Certificate, Dalhousie Law School, 2004


Lorian Hardcastle is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, with a joint appointment to the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine. She is also a member of the One Health Consortium, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, and Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary. Lorian obtained her JD with Health Law and Policy Specialization Certificate from Dalhousie University, and her LLM and SJD from the University of Toronto. She also completed a fellowship at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. 

Research Activities

Lorian is currently involved in research on antimicrobial resistance (funded by Alberta's Major Innovation Fund), artificial intelligence and health (funded by the CIHR), regulation of long-term care, and legal and policy issues arising from COVID-19. Lorian's work has been published in numerous legal and health policy journals including the Canadian Medical Association JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Law ReviewHealthcare PolicyAlberta Law Review, Queen's Law Journal, and Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Lorian is a frequent contributor to health policy debates in the media. Her writing has appeared in several Canadian newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, and Ottawa Citizen


Areas of Research

Regulation and governance of the health care system, Liability and accountability of health facilities and government, Public health law and policy, Patient safety, Health system organization and finance, Comparative health policy, Self-regulation of health professionals


Course number Course title Semester
LAW 406 LEC 02 02 Torts 2021
LAW 408 LEC 01 01 Fndns in Law and Justice II 2021
LAW 593 LEC 01 01 Health Law 2020
LAW 65350 LAB 05 B05 Directed Research 2020
LAW 65358 LAB 04 B04 Directed Research 2020


  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary Students' Union. 2019
  • Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary Students' Union. 2020


  • “How will recent trade agreements that extend market protections for brand-name prescription pharmaceuticals impact expenditures and generic access in Canada?”. Read F Beall, Lorian Hardcastle, Fiona Clement & Aidan Hollis. 123:12 Health Policy. (2019)
  • “Towards smart cities as healthy cities: health equity in a digital age”. Morgan Mouton, Ariel Ducey, Judith Green, Lorian Hardcastle, Steven Hoffman, Myles Leslie & Melanie Rock. 110:3 Canadian Journal of Public Health. (2019)
  • "Legal Mechanisms to Improve Quality of Care in Canadian Hospitals". Lorian Hardcastle. 54:3 Alberta Law Review. (2017)
  • "Recovering Damages Against Governmental Defendants: Trends in Canadian Jurisprudence". Lorian Hardcastle. 69 Supreme Court Law Review. (2015)
  • "Douglas v Independent Living Center: Litigating Access to Health Care Services". Lorian Hardcastle. 7 McGill Journal of Law and Health. (2013)
  • "A Critique of the Governmental Health Sector Tort Jurisprudence". Lorian Hardcastle. 37 Queen's Law Journal. (2012)
  • "Improving the Population's Health: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Integration". Lorian Hardcastle, Katherine Record, Lawrence Gostin & Peter Jacobson. 39 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. (2011)
  • "Restoring Health to Health Reform: Integrating Medicine and Public Health to Advance the Population's Well-Being". Lawrence Gostin, Peter Jacobson, Katherine Record & Lorian Hardcastle. 159 University of Pennsylvania Law Review. (2011)
  • Introduction to Health Law. Lorian Hardcastle. Emond Montgomery. (2019)
  • "Sexual Abuse of Patients: Long Overdue for Government Action". Lorian Hardcastle. in Lara Khoury & Catherine Regis, eds, Health Law at the Frontiers, 2nd ed. (2018)
  • "Negligence of Health Professionals, Hospitals, and Ministries of Health". Lorian Hardcastle. in Vanessa Gruben, Joanna Erdman and Erin Nelson, eds, Canadian Health Law and Policy, 5th ed. (2017)
  • "The Relationship Between Damages Caps and Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums: A Meta-Analysis of Tort Reform Research". Kathy Zeiler & Lorian Hardcastle. in Jennifer Arlen, ed, Research Handbook on the Economics of Torts. (2014)