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Associate professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Sheila Wildeman is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, and a member of Dalhousie's Health Law Institute. She teaches, researches, and writes in the areas of human rights, disability, and administrative law / judicial review. Her recent work explores linkages between disability-based institutionalization and criminal law-based incarceration. She is a Vice Chair of East Coast Prison Justice Society.


  • 2004–present
    Associate professor, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law


  • 2012 
    University of Toronto, LLM
  • 1993 
    Columbia University, MA


  • 2020
    "Disabling Solitary: An Anti-Carceral Critique of Canada's Solitary Confinement Litigation" , in The Legacies of Institutionalisation: Disability, Law and Policy in the ‘Deinstitutionalised’ Community, Claire Spivakovsky, Linda Steele and Penelope Weller, eds (Oxford: Hart, forthcoming 2020).
  • 2019
    “Freedom: A Work in Progress” (with Rusi Stanev), ” in Eilionoir Flynn et al, eds, Global Perspectives on Legal Capacity Reform (Oxford: Routledge, 2019)
  • 2018
    "Making Sense of Reasonableness", in Colleen Flood & Lorne Sossin, eds, Administrative Law in Context (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018)
  • 2018
    “The road to Dunsmuir or, on re-reading administrative law’s bumpy kinky chain novel in the fading light of ‘a culture of justification’” , (2018) Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice (Special Issue: “A Decade of Dunsmuir,” Paul Daly & Leonid Sirota, eds) 69
  • 2016
    “Agonizing Identity in Mental Health Law and Policy (Part II): A Political Taxonomy of Psychiatric Subjectification", (2016) 39:1 Dalhousie Law Journal 147
  • 2016
    “Consent to psychiatric treatment: From insight (into illness) to incite (a riot)” , in Colleen Flood & Jennifer Chandler, eds, Law and Mind: Mental Health Law and Policy in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016)
  • 2015
    "Agonizing Identity in Mental Health Law and Policy: Part 1", (2015) 38:2 Dalhousie Law Journal 619
  • 2013
    “Substitute consent practices in the face of uncertainty: a survey of Canadian researchers in aging” (with Gina Bravo, Marie-France Dubois, Scott YH Kim, Carole Cohen, Janice Graham and Karen Painter), 25:11 (2013) International Psychogeriatrics 1821
  • 2013
    “Surrogate Consent for Dementia Research: Factors Influencing Five Stakeholder Groups from the SCORES Study” (with Gina Bravo, , Scott Y.H. Kim, Marie-France Dubois, Carole A. Cohen and Janice E. Graham) , (2013) 35:4 IRB: Ethics in Human Research 1-11
  • 2013
    “Protecting Rights and Building Capacities: Challenges to Global Mental Health Policy in Light of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” , (2013) 41:1 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 48
  • 2012
    “Understanding ‘Elder Abuse and Neglect’: A Critique of Assumptions Underpinning Responses to the Mistreatment and Neglect of Older People” (with Joan Harbison, Stephen Coughlan, Marie Beaulieu, Jeff Karabanow, Madine Vanderplaat and Ezra Wexler), 24:2 Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (2012) 88-103
  • 2011
    “Insight Revisited: Relationality and Psychiatric Treatment Decision-Making Capacity”, in J. Downie & J. Llewellyn, eds Being Relational: Reflections on Relational Theory and Health Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011) 255-286
  • 2011
    “Are Canadians Providing Advance Directives about Health Care and Research Participation in the Event of Decisional Incapacity?” (with Gina Bravo, Marie-France Dubois, Carole Cohen, Janice Graham, Karen Painter, Suzanne Bellemare), (2011) 56(4) Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 209-218
  • 2010
    “Introduction to the Lectures of Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Nova Scotia Provincial Court Judge Anne Derrick: Law and mental health: A relationship in crisis?”, (2010) 33 Dalhousie Law Journal 1

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Partnership Engage Grant
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada