Roojin Habibi

International Consultant & Lawyer,

International law, Global health, Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Health and human rights, Health policy


International Law and Quarantine on Diamond Princess Cruise Ship

Live television interview with BBC News Channel on February 19, 2020.

Canada breaches international treaties for legalizing recreational marijuana

Television interview with CGTN America on Canada's breach of international treaties governing the use of recreational cannabis.

International Legal Dimensions of Cannabis Legalization

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

Health Canada dangerously opaque when it comes to pharmaceuticals

Les Canadiens meritent d'en savoir plus sur les médicaments qu'on leur prescrit

Health experts question coronavirus quarantine measures on cruise ship

Senators push for plan to deal with fallout when Canada legalizes cannabis and breaks international law

Canada’s cannabis conundrum

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.

Past Talks

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


  • Health law
  • Global health
  • Health policy
  • Health and human rights
  • Sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • International law


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
    PhD, 2024
  • McMaster University
    Global Health
    M.Sc., 2015
  • University of Ottawa
    Juris Doctor, 2018

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