Lydia Stewart Ferreira
Lydia Stewart Ferreira
Visiting Scholar
July 2014 - July 2015

Visiting Scholar

Lydia Stewart Ferreira is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. She earned a MPH at Boston University, JD from Queens University as well as an LLM and PhD degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School. She clerked at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for Justice Casey Hill and assisted with numerous well know cases including the Walkerton Insurance litigation. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. Lydia has taught Health Law, Medical Law, Public Health Law and Elder Law. She has also taught at the Windsor Faculty of Law, Queens University Faculty of Law, and George Brown College. Lydia has worked as a Senior Policy Analyst and Manager with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (Canada). Her work in health law and health policy has included the West Nile Virus, Walkerton, Public Health Renewal following SARS, Tobacco Control, HIV/AIDS, emergency planning, consent and capacity, health information privacy, health promotion and the social determinants of health. She was the recipient of a Law Foundation of Ontario Grant which examined Access to Justice delivery and funding models for the Middle Class using the private sector CAW autoworkers and insurance models. She has also worked as Counsel for BLG, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Canada). She was appointed by Orders in Council to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. She served on the Research Ethics Board for the University of Toronto and is a Pro Bono litigator and legal advisor for clients of Law Help Ontario. For 10 years prior to law school, Lydia worked in the health sector at the municipal, provincial and national levels including the Heart Health Action Demonstration Project across Ontario. She was the recipient of a World Health Organization/PAHO Fellowship to conduct research internationally into cardiovascular disease reduction strategies. Lydia is a member of the Advocates Society and the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and previously on the Executive of Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Administrative Law Section, Health Law and Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section as well as on the Executive on the Canadian Bar Association Health Law Section.