Dr Mariette Brennan

Dr. Mariette Brennan

Associate Professor
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PA 1005C
Academic Qualifications: 

Dr. Brennan completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2004.

Following her call to the Bar, Mariette moved to England to pursue her LL.M at the University of Essex in international human rights law.  She completed her thesis on the international right to health under the supervision of then United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to the highest attainable standard of health, Paul Hunt.   Mariette graduated with distinction in 2006.   In 2007, Mariette moved to Toronto, Ontario to begin her Ph.D. in law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. 

Mariette’s doctoral thesis was a comparative legal analysis of health care systems and their compliance with the right to health as elucidated in general comment 14; her work was supervised by Dr. Joan Gilmour.  Mariette successfully defended her Ph.D. in December 2011.

Sample Publications:

International Journal of Human Rights (2018)

  • Brennan, M. & Cohen, M. “Canadian Citizenship Laws and the Making of a Stateless Person” (2018) 22 (10) International Journal of Human Rights 1302
  • Brennan, Mariette, “Is the Health Star Rating System a Thin Response to a Fat Problem?” (2015) 17 University of Notre Dame (Australia) Law Review 86
  • Brennan, Mariette, “Canada’s Next Step in Tobacco Control Laws: Is Plain Packaging Legislation a Viable Proposal?”  (2013) 51(1)    Alberta Law Review 23


Date joined Lakehead: 
July 2013
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Prior to joining the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law as a founding faculty member, Dr. Mariette Brennan was an Assistant Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.  During her 5 years at Bond University, Mariette taught a wide-range of courses that covered both Australian and Canadian law.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Brennan’s research interests currently lie in the intersection of constitutional law and public health law.  She is currently working on a project with Drs. Elaine Wiersma and Lori Chambers regarding the legal, constitutional and human rights for people living with dementia.  She is also working on a CIHR funded project , Promoting Just and Inclusive Decision-Making Towards Palliative Care Goals for Long-Term Care Residents with Dementia and Their Care Partners, headed by Dr. Nisha Sutherland.

In addition to her work at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Mariette has been appointed as an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine since 2016 and is a core member of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Research and Ethics Board.