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 Ryerson University
 350 Victoria Street
 Toronto, Ontario
 CANADA  M5B 2K3

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 E:
awelling@philosophy.ryerson.ca  OR  alex.wellington@sympatico.ca

Degrees: H.B.A. and   Ph.D. (Philosophy); L.L.B. (Law) and L.L.M. (Law - Intellectual Property) and L.L.M.(Law - Alternative Dispute Resolution); M.E.S. (Environmental   Studies) - York University
 

 

A. Alex Wellington                                           

Associate Professor, Philosophy Department   

Ethics@Ryerson

Acting Director, Ethics Network. Click here 

Academic Lead and Certificate Coordinator, Continuing Education Certificate in Ethics. Click here

Plus:

President of Canadian Section of International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Click here

Academic Member of Canadian Business Ethics Research Network.                                                    Click here

 

Areas of Interest:

Philosophy of Law and Punishment

Ethics and Human Rights

 

International Law (including Human Rights and Intellectual Property)

 

Global Justice and Reparative Justice

 

Environmental Law and Policy

 

Conflict Analysis and Resolution (including Restorative Justice)

Applied Ethics: Practical and Professional Ethics

 

Current and Upcoming Courses:

Winter 2013:

PHL 449, Philosophy of Punishment

PHL 612, Philosophy of Law

 

 

Courses Previously Taught: 

 

UNDERGRADUATE: Bioethics (PHL 509), Ethics in Health Care (PHL 302) and Ethics in Health Services Management (PHL 444); Business Ethics (PHL 307); Media Ethics (PHL 530); Ethics in Professional Life (PHL 334)

Freedom, Equality and Limits to Authority (PHL 306); Human Rights and Justice (PHL 400); Philosophy of Intellectual Property and Technology (PHL 921); Philosophy of the Natural Environment (PHL 500)

 

GRADUATE: Environmental Law (ES 8921, EnSciMan); Human Rights and Justice: Philosophy and the Occupy Movement (PH8107, Philosophy)

Publications - Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

 

"Environmental Law", co-authored with Allan Greenbaum. In Laurence Olivo, editor, Introduction to Law, Chapter 34 (Captus Press, 2014). Revised from Chapter 34 (Captus Press, 2009).
"Intellectual Property Law", co-authored with Jean Dryden. In Laurence Olivo, editor, Introduction to Law, Chapter 33 (Captus Press, 2014). Revised from Chapter 33, co-authored with Teresa Cheung (Captus Press, 2009).
"Should Feminists Embrace Vegetarianism?". In James Cunningham, Samuel Hillier and Donal O'Reardon, editors, Introducing Philosophy: Questions and Readings. Emond Montgomery Publications, 2014. Revised from Alex Wellington, "Feminist Positions on Vegetarianism: A Response to Nicholas Dixon", Between the Species, Summer and Fall 1995.
"To Ban or Not To Ban: Direct To Consumer Advertising and Human Rights Analysis". In Wesley Cragg, editor, Business and Human Rights. Edward Elgar, 2012. Click here

"'Exquisite Examples' of Creative Judicial Dispute Resolution: The Potential of Alternative Dispute Resolution for Intellectual Property Cases", Intellectual Property Journal, Volume 23 (3), 2011, 289-326.

"Doha Declaration"; "Intellectual Property Rights"; "Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs)"; "World Intellectual Property Organization" and "Water". In Deen Chatterjee, editor, Encyclopedia of Global Justice (Springer, 2011). Click here
"To Ban or Not To Ban: Direct To Consumer Advertising and Human Rights Analysis", Australasian Medical Journal, Volume 3, 2010, 749-766. Click here
"Introduction". Co-Authored with Allan Greenbaum and Ron Pushchak. In Allan Greenbaum, Ron Pushchak and Alex Wellington, editors, Canadian Issues in Environmental Law and Policy (Toronto, ON: Captus Press, 2009). Pages 1-28.
"Bulk Water Removal: Legal and Political Issues". Co-Authored with Mary Rollinson-Lorimer. In Allan Greenbaum, Ron Pushchak and Alex Wellington, editors, Canadian Issues in Environmental Law and Policy (Toronto, ON: Captus Press, 2009). Pages 295-327.
Alex Wellington, "The Metes and Bounds of Purposive Claim Construction in Canadian Patent Law", Intellectual Property Journal, Volume 18(1), May 2004.
Alex Wellington, "Professional Ethics for Mediators: Tensions Between Justice and Accountability". In Cheryl Hughes and James Wong, editors. Communication, Conflict and Reconciliation. Volume 17, Social Philosophy Today (Charlottesville, VA: Philosophy Documentation Center, 2003). Pages 125-130.
Alex Wellington, "'Rewriting Genesis': Intellectual Property Rights and Global (In)Justice". In Yeager Hudson, editor, Globalism and the Obsolescence of the State. Volume 20, Studies in Social and Political Theory (Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 1999). Pages 45-79.
Alex Wellington, "Taking Codes of Ethics Seriously: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Reconstitutive Liberalism". Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Volume 12(2), July 1999. Pages 297-332.

Publications - Books:

Allan Greenbaum and Alex Wellington, Environmental Law and Policy in the Canadian Context. (Toronto, ON: Captus Press, 2010). Click here
Allan Greenbaum, Ron Pushchak and Alex Wellington, editors, Canadian Issues in Environmental Law and Policy. (Toronto, ON: Captus Press, 2009).Click here
Allan Greenbaum, Alex Wellington and Ron Pushchak, Environmental Law in Social Context (Toronto, ON: Captus Press, 2002).
Alex, Wellington, Allan Greenbaum and Wesley Cragg, editors, Canadian Issues in Environmental Ethics (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 1997). Click here

Other Publications - Reports

Ted Schrecker and Alex Wellington, Patenting of Higher Life Forms and Human Biological Materials: An Introduction to the Issues. Prepared for Project Steering Committee on Intellectual Property and the Patenting of Higher Life Forms. (Ottawa, ON: Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, 2001).
Ted Schrecker and Alex Wellington, Patenting of Biotechnological Innovations Concerning Animals and Human Beings. (Ottawa, ON: Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, 2000; completed 1999).
Ted Schrecker, C. Barry Hoffmaster, Margaret A. Somerville and Alex Wellington, Biotechnology, Ethics and Government, in Renewal of the Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Resource Document 3.4.1, Background Research Papers, Ethics (Ottawa, ON: Industry Canada, March 1998; completed 1996), 135-261.

Presentations

 

"Theorizing Collective and Corporate Punishment: Hart's Sea Captain Revisited". McMaster University Philosophy Speaker Series, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, March 7, 2014.

"From Thought Experiments to the Real World: Experimental Philosophy and Teaching and Research in Practical Ethics". Keynote Address for the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics (CSSPE), Congress, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 4, 2013.

"Rethinking Corporate Punishment", International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Canadian Section, Congress, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 1, 2013.

"Promoting Access to Medicines Through Performance Based Innovation Rewards". Academics Stand Against Poverty, Ryerson University, October 27, 2012. Click here and here
"Conceptualizing Compliance in the Context of International Law", International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Canadian Section, Congress, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, May 26, 2012.
"Genetic Injustice and Noxious Markets", 28th International Social Philosophy Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 21, 2011.
"The Right to Water: Human Rights and Global Justice", 27th International Social Philosophy Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2010.
"The Nature and Justification of International Law: Focusing on the Intersectionality of Human Rights", International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Canadian Section, Congress, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, May 29, 2010.
"Ethical Governance and Benefit Sharing in Biomedical Research", Second Annual Pan American Collaboration for Ethics in the Professions (PACE), University of Texas- Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, April 13, 2010.
"Symposium on Business Ethics and Human Rights", Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, York University, Toronto, Ontario, February 25-28, 2010.
"Banning Direct to Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceuticals: A Human Rights Analysis of Third Party Paternalism for Policy Reasons": Society for Business Ethics, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 7, 2009.
"Benefit Sharing and Human Rights in Contest: Governance Models to the Rescue?". Co-Presented with Mary Rollinson-Lorimer. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Eighteenth Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 7, 2009.
"Human Rights to Health and Environmental Protection": Rhetoric versus Reality". Co-Presented with Mary Rollinson-Lorimer, Environmental Studies Association of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 6, 2008.
"Policy Debates Over Direct to Consumer Advertising", Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2, 2008.
"Banning Direct to Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceuticals", Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, San Antonio, Texas, February 23, 2008.
"Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Tensions and Hopes for Reconciliation", Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Jacksonville, Florida, March 3, 2006.
"Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Critique, Proposals for Reform and Three Generations", Association for Legal and Social Philosophy, Trinity College, Dublin, July 1, 2006.
"Freedom of Expression and Intellectual Property: Censorship, Silencing and Copyright", Ethics, Creativity and Copyright Conference, University of Calgary and Banff Centre, August 4, 2006.

Research Projects

SSHRC Funded Research, Standard Research Grant Principal Investigator          2006-2009                     

Project: "Ethical Challenges of Biotechnology Governance: Sustainability Through Innovation, Human Rights and Environmental Protection"

SSHRC Funded Research Development Initiative (Co-Investigator)                    Principal Investigator: Wesley Cragg

Project: "Ethics at the Business/ Health Care Interface"

SSHRC Funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster (Co-Investigator), 2007-2014            Principal Investigator: Wesley Cragg

Project: CBERN, Canadian Business Ethics Research Network

Participation of Student Researchers in Research Projects

Summer 2007, Summer 2008, Fall 2008 and Winter 2009
Student Researchers: Susan Lai, Communication and Culture (Masters) (Summer 2008)
Mary Rollinson-Lorimer, Environmental Applied Science and Management (Masters) (All 4 Terms) 
Liana Anoushka Pullenayegem, Environmental Applied Science and Management (Masters) (Summer 2007)
Project: Ethical Challenges of Biotechnology Governance: Sustainability Through Innovation, Human Rights and Environmental Protection
Source of Funding: SSHRC Grant
Summer 2010

Student: Maya Nightingale-Fitzer, Arts and Contemporary Studies (Bachelors)                                 

Project: Application of Human Rights Impact Assessment to Selected Case Studies                            

Source of Funding: Undergraduate Research Opportunities (URO) Scholars Program, Office of Research Services (ORS)Ryerson University

Research Project: Litigation Strategies for Climate Justice

Student Researcher: Peter Moore, Environmental Applied Science and Management (Masters) (Winter - Summer 2012)

Student Researcher: David Spence, Environmental Applied Science and Management (Masters) (Winter - Summer 2011)

Source of Funding: Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University

 

 

Graduate Supervision (Environmental Applied Science and Management Masters program)

 

Student: Heather Adams (Co-Supervisor)
Thesis Title: Water Conservation Policy: Comparative Policy Analysis

Completion: In Progress

Student: Lisa Kingsmore (Co-Supervisor)

Thesis Title: The Management of Post-Consumer Pharmaceutical Waste: A Comparison Between British Columbia and Ontario Programs

Completion: September 2013

Student: Marilena Di Giuseppe (Supervisor)

Thesis Title: Bridging Science and Law Across Jurisdictions in Canadian Species At Risk Policy: Four Case Studies

Completion: January 2011

 

 

2003/ 2013 Ryerson University, by A. Alex Wellington