Live television interview with BBC News Channel on February 19, 2020.
Television interview with CGTN America on Canada's breach of international treaties governing the use of recreational cannabis.
Presentation delivered at the McGill University Institute of Health and Social Policy's Annual Conference on the international legal dimensions of cannabis legalization (2018, Montreal).
tbs eFM This Morning, February 27, 2020Radio/Podcast
Interview with Alex Jensen from tbs eFM This Morning in Seoul, South Korea.
The HIV/AIDS crisis showed us how to equitably overcome a pandemic
Canada should not join other countries in instituting travel restrictions – or in breaking international law
The Global and Mail, February 13, 2020Print
Health Canada dangerously opaque when it comes to pharmaceuticals
Toronto Star, March 24, 2014Print
Les Canadiens meritent d'en savoir plus sur les médicaments qu'on leur prescrit
Huffington Post Québec, April 14, 2014Print
The COVID-19 vaccination race
Health experts question coronavirus quarantine measures on cruise ship
The Guardian, March 18, 2020Online
Senators push for plan to deal with fallout when Canada legalizes cannabis and breaks international law
Canada’s cannabis conundrum
OpenCanada, June 28, 2019Online
International law experts say legal cannabis defies Canada’s UN treaty obligations
Human Rights and Coronavirus: What’s at Stake for Truth, Trust, and Democracy?
by Alicia Ely Yamin & Roojin Habibi
Published by Health and Human Rights Journal
March 1, 2020
Do not violate the International Health Regulations during the COVID-19 outbreak
by Roojin Habibi, Gian Luca Burci, Thana C de Campos, Danwood Chirwa, Margherita Cinà, Stéphanie Dagron, Mark Eccleston-Turner, Lisa Forman, Lawrence O Gostin, Benjamin Mason Meier, Stefania Negri, Gorik Ooms, Sharifah Sekalala, Allyn Taylor, Alicia Ely Yamin, Steven J. Hoffman
Published by The Lancet
February 13, 2020
Quality and quantity of information in Summary Basis of Decision documents issued by Health Canada
by Roojin Habibi, Joel Lexchin
Published by PLoS One
March 20, 2014
Do efficacy claims in pharmaceutical sales visits vary by approved product information or national policy?
by Roojin Habibi
Published by McMaster University Dissertations and Theses
April 27, 2015
International legal barriers to cannabis legalization
by Steven J. Hoffman, Roojin Habibi
Published by Canadian Medical Association Journal
May 17, 2016
Conflicts of interest in neoliberal times: perspectives of Australian medical students
by Christopher Mayes, Ian Kerridge, Roojin Habibi, Wendy Lipworth
Published by Health Sociology Review
June 21, 2016
Regulating information or allowing deception? Pharmaceutical sales visits in Canada, France and the United States
by Roojin Habibi, Line Guénette, Joel Lexchin, Ellen Reynolds, Mary Wiktorowicz, Barbara Mintzes
Published by Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics
December 20, 2016
Unwarranted claims of drug efficacy in pharmaceutical sales visits: Are drugs approved on the basis of surrogate outcomes promoted appropriately?
by Roojin Habibi, Joel Lexchin, Barbara Mintzes, Anne Holbrook
Published by British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
August 19, 2017
Decoding disclosure: Comparing conflict of interest policy among the United States, France, and Australia
by Quinn Grundy, Roojin Habibi, Adrienne Shnier, Christopher Mayes, Wendy Lipworth
Published by Health Policy
Legal Barriers to Humanitarian Intervention in Natural Disasters
by Nicole Cvercko, Anna Jeffrey, Meghan Blom, Roojin Habibi
Published by Global Strategy Lab
May 1, 2018
Legalizing Cannabis Violates the UN Drug Control Treaties, But Progressive Countries Like Canada Have Options
by Roojin Habibi, Steven J. Hoffman
Published by Ottawa Law Review
November 30, 2018
Roojin Habibi (she/her) is an Iranian-Canadian scholar, international consultant and lawyer specialized in global health and human rights law. Her work is guided by the premise that the interplay of laws, norms and power relations from global to grassroots levels is what ultimately shapes health equity and the realization of health as a human right.
As Research Fellow at the Global Strategy Lab, Fellow of the Canadian International Council, and doctoral candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), Roojin bridges law, human rights, and global health, and interweaves methods from the health, social, and juridical sciences. She holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Award, has published in a range of peer-reviewed medical and public health journals, scholarly legal journals.
Having worked for government, nongovernmental and international organizations, Roojin is committed to generating scholarship that has salience and impact both within and beyond academia. Her academic career is inspired and enriched through deep engagement and dialogue with the broader community, evidenced by her contributions to national and international speaking events; interviews with print, radio, and television media; as well as her past and current collaborations on health rights advocacy with external partners such as the International Commission of Jurists, the HIV Legal Network, Birth Rights Bar Association of Canada, and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health.
Roojin actively teaches and provides research supervision to students who are passionate about having a positive impact on human rights and global health. For the past three years, she taught Medicines Policy, Economics, and Ethics online to over 150 students in graduate programs ranging from public health to law and business at the University of Sydney. She regularly delivers guest lectures at Canadian and US academic institutions, including the University of Washington, University of Ottawa, and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Beyond teaching, Roojin is passionate about building the runway for the next cadre of leaders in health justice and advocacy. Her formal and informal mentorship experience is underpinned by the goal of fostering professional and academic fulfillment.
Roojin's passion for the betterment of the human condition through the full realization of rights and freedoms is rooted in her own lived experience as a child of Kurdish migrants fleeing the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution. She holds a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa's French Common Law program, a specialization in transnational law from the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, and a Master’s of Science in Global Health from McMaster University. She is a Barrister and Solicitor in Good Standing with the Law Society of Ontario, and fluent in English, French and Farsi.
International legal dimensions of cannabis legalization: reconciling national priorities with international obligations
McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy Annual Conference
Montreal, QC, April 27, 2018
Current and future roles of global health law
International Studies Association Annual Convention
Baltimore, MD, February 25, 2017
2018 Calgary Luncheon Speaker Series (Canadian Global Affairs Institute)
Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary, AB, November 30, 2018