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Prof. Margaret Somerville


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Margaret Somerville AM FRSC is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

In 1978, she was appointed assistant professor in the law faculty at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She was appointed an associate professor in 1979 and an associate professor in the faculty of medicine in 1980. In 1984, she became a full professor in both faculties, and in 1989, she was appointed the Samuel Gale Professor of Law. From 1986 to 1996, she was the founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law and was appointed acting director in 1999. She also taught seminars on advanced torts and comparative medical law. Her archive is held at the McGill University Archives.

In November 2006, she gave the five annual Massey Lectures on CBC Radio in Canada. An expanded version of the lectures was published in Canada, Australia, and the United States in book form as The Ethical Imagination: Journeys of the Human Spirit.

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