University of Calgary

Lorian Hardcastle

  • Assistant Professor


Lorian Hardcastle is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary, with a joint appointment to the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine. She is also a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary. Lorian obtained her J.D. with Health Law and Policy Specialization Certificate from Dalhousie University, and her LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Toronto. She also completed a fellowship at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to commencing graduate studies, Lorian worked in a hospital legal department, for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and in a national law firm's health law group.


Law 406: Torts
Law 593: Health Law

Research/Scholarly Activities

Lorian's research interests include regulation and governance of the health care system, hospital and governmental liability and accountability, patient safety, health system organization and finance, comparative health policy, and the self-regulation of health professionals. Lorian's work has been published in numerous legal and health policy journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Alberta Law Review, and Queen's Law Journal.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Lorian Hardcastle, Introduction to Health Law (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018)(forthcoming)
  • Lorian Hardastle, "Sexual Abuse of Patients: Long Overdue for Government Action" in Lara Khoury & Catherine Regis, eds, Health Law at the Frontiers, 2nd ed (Montreal: Yvon Blais, 2018)
  • Lorian Hardcastle, "Negligence of Health Professionals, Hospitals, and Ministries of Health" in Vanessa Gruben, Joanna Erdman and Erin Nelson, eds, Canadian Health Law and Policy, 5th ed (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2017)
  • Kathy Zeiler & Lorian Hardcastle, "The Relationship Between Damages Caps and Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums: A Meta-Analysis of Tort Reform Research" in Jennifer Arlen, ed, Research Handbook on the Economics of Torts (Northampton: Edward Elgar Press, 2014)
  • Lorian Hardcastle, "Legal Mechanisms to Improve Quality of Care in Canadian Hospitals" (2017) 54:3 Alberta Law Review 681
  • Lorian Hardcastle, "Recovering Damages Against Governmental Defendants: Trends in Canadian Jurisprudence" (2015) 69 Supreme Court Law Review 77
  • Lorian Hardcastle, "Douglas v Independent Living Center: Litigating Access to Health Care Services" (2013) 7 McGill Journal of Law and Health 67
  • Lorian Hardcastle, "A Critique of the Governmental Health Sector Tort Jurisprudence" (2012) 37 Queen's Law Journal 525
  • Lorian Hardcastle, Katherine Record, Lawrence Gostin & Peter Jacobson, "Improving the Population's Health: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Integration" (2011) 39 Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 317
  • Lawrence Gostin, Peter Jacobson, Katherine Record & Lorian Hardcastle, "Restoring Health to Health Reform: Integrating Medicine and Public Health to Advance the Population's Well-Being" (2011) 159 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1777

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