Jacob Shelley

Jacob Shelley

Academic Degrees:

SJD (University of Toronto), LLM (University of Alberta), LLB (University of Alberta), MTS (Conrad Grebel University College)
Email: jshelle6@uwo.ca
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext.  80043
Office: LB 21

Jacob joined Western Law in 2015. He holds a joint appointment with the Faculty of Law and the School of Health Studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences, has a cross appointment to the Schulich Interfaculty Program in Public Health, and is Associate Faculty with the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Dr. Shelley is a co-director of the Health Ethics, Law & Policy (HELP) Lab at Western. He has a doctorate in law (SJD) from the University of Toronto, where he was a Vanier Fellow with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. His doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Trudo Lemmens, examined the use of private law in obesity prevention, specifically looking at the use of product liability law to require food manufacturers to warn consumers about the dangers inherent in their food products. Dr. Shelley obtained his LLB (2007) and LLM (2009) from the University of Alberta, and he has a MTS from Conrad Grebel University College (2006). His primary area of interest is the proper limits and role of law in promoting public health and preventing chronic disease. In addition, he is generally interested in issues that arise at the interface of law, health science, and ethics.

Jacob Shelley is currently on sabbatical leave.

Research Highlights

JJ Shelley, M Clark & T Caulfield, “The Face of Chiropractic: Evidence Based?” (2015) 20(1) Focus on Alternative and Complimentary Therapies 13-22.

JJ Shelley, “Addressing the Policy Cacophony does not Require More Evidence: An Argument for Reframing Obesity as Caloric Overconsumption” (2012) 12 BMC Public Health 1042.

JJ Shelley & LM Minaker, Comparative Study on the Regulation of Public Health Systems that Guarantee Universal Coverage: The Case of Canada, report for the Pan American Health Organization (2011).

JJ Shelley, “The Crown’s Right of Recovery Act” (2010) 18:3 Health Law Review 15-23.

T Caulfield, V Alfonso & JJ Shelley, “Deterministic?: Newspaper Representations of Obesity and Genetics” (2009) 1 The Open Obesity Journal 38-40.

T Caulfield, JJ Shelley, T Bubela & L Minaker, “Framing Nutrigenomics for Individual and Public Health: Public Representations of an Emerging Field” in D Castle & N Ries, eds, Nutrition and Genomics: Issues of Ethics, Law, Regulation & Communication (New York: Elsevier, 2009) 223-244.

T Caulfield, JJ Shelley, V Alfonso & T Bubela, “Nutrigenomics and the Promise of Prevention: Representations and Realities” (2008) Special Edition Health Law Journal 41-65.

JJ Shelley, “Assessing the Science of Genetically Modified Crops: The New Frontier of Public Health Policy” (2007) 15:3 Health Law Review 19-23.

NM Ries & JJ Shelley, eds, Food, Health and Biotechnology: Consumer and Social Issues in Canada’s New Food and Health Product Industries A Report from the Advanced Foods and Materials Network (Guelph, ON: Advanced Foods and Materials Network, 2007).

JJ Shelley, “Deference in the Public Health Context” (2006) 15:1 Health Law Review 33-36.