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Kathleen Hammond

Kathleen (Katie) Hammond

Assistant Professor
DepartmentFaculty of Law
Areas of ExpertiseScience and technology law; health law; family law; feminist legal theory; socio-legal studies; social justice; property law; ethics

Katie Hammond is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Ryerson University. Prior to joining the Faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health and Law at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and a visiting fellow with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy at Harvard University’s Faculty of Law. She holds a JD and a BCL from McGill University Law School. She completed an MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies and a PhD in Legal Sociology at the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a Commonwealth Scholar. 

Hammond’s research spans across health law and policy, science and technology law, and gender and families. Her research explores the dilemmas – legal and otherwise – that are posed in the wake of new medical technologies and their resulting markets. In particular, she specializes in the area of assisted reproductive technologies (including egg, sperm and embryo donation, surrogacy and egg freezing) and new genetic testing technologies. Her work aims to address these dilemmas by exploring how legal concepts should evolve with our rapidly changing society, and how we can take a more people-oriented approach to law-making. 

Hammond has held a number of fellowships, including with the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, the Embryo Project at the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University, and with the Marine Biological History Project in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She has been involved with policy development in the area of reproduction for organizations such as the World Health Organization, where she was involved with organizing, and participated in the consultation for the WHO’s first ever glossary and guidelines on infertility.

Papers in Refereed Journals

“Unnecessary and Redundant? Evaluating Canada’s Genetic Non-Discrimination Act, 2017” (forthcoming fall 2020) 98:3 Canadian Bar Review. 

“Searching for a Summary Judgment in Quebec Procedural Law” (2020) 43:1 Dalhousie Law Journal 1-35.

“Relationally Speaking: The Implications of Treating Embryos as Property in a Canadian Context” (2019) 32:3 Canadian Journal of Family Law 323-385.

“The Role of Normative Ideologies of Motherhood in Intended Mothers’ Experiences of Egg Donation in Canada” (2019) 25:3 Anthropology & Medicine (Special Issue: Conceiving Parenthood) 265-279. 

Assisted Human Reproduction Act, 2004” (2015) ISSN: 1940-5030 Embryo Project Encyclopedia.

“Young Scholars of Reproductive Politics Reflect on Egg Freezing” (2014) 7:2 International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 236-247 (with A Cattapan, J. Haw, L.A. Tarasoff).

Policy Papers

Joint Submission to Health Canada on Prepublication of Proposed Regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, 10 January 2019 (with V. Gruben, A Cattapan, A. Cameron, K. Busby, D. Singh, F. Baylis, S. Carsley, I Côté, K. Fulfer, K. Lavoie, A. Petropanagos, P. White).  

Submission to Health Canada on Prepublication of Proposed Regulations to the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, 29 November 2016.

Best Psychosocial Paper Award, Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, 2016

Brocher Foundation Fellowship, 2016

Marine Biological History Project Fellow, Wood’s Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, 2015

Smuts Memorial Fund Study Grant, University of Cambridge, 2014

Embryo Project Fellowship, Center for Biology & Society, Arizona State University, 2014

Wolfson College Cambridge Fellows Award, University of Cambridge, 2013

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2012-2016

William Vaughan Lewis MPhil Research Award, University of Cambridge, 2012

Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge, 2011-2012

Degree Institution Year
JD (Juris Doctor) McGill University 2019
BCL (Master of Civil Law) McGill University 2019
PhD (Doctor of Sociology) with Distinction University of Cambridge 2016
MPhil (Master of Philosophy in Gender Studies) University of Cambridge 2012
BA (Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies & Psychology) Carleton University 2011