Dr. Ma'n Zawati

Ma'n H. Zawati (LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D. (DCL)) is the Executive Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill University. He is also an Associate Member of McGill's Biomedical Ethics Unit. His research concentrates on the legal, ethical and policy dimensions of health research and clinical care, with a special focus on biobanking, data sharing, professional liability, and the use of novel technologies (e.g. mhealth apps, WGS, WES) in both the clinical and research settings. Dr. Zawati is funded by CIHR, Genome Canada, and Genome Quebec. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing together perspectives from law, ethics, bioinformatics, genomics, and policy. He's also a frequent presenter on a variety of the most critical and topical issues in healthcare and the biosciences. He has appeared at 100+ international conferences, symposia, meetings, and has shared his expertise with universities, research ethics boards and law firms. Dr. Zawati has published 13 book chapters and 45+ peer reviewed articles in leading publications such as Nature Reviews Genetics, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the Journal of Medical Genetics, and the McGill Journal of Law and Health. In 2015, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (stay at Oxford University) and was named a Royal Society of Canada Delegate for the IAP Young Scientists of the Year international symposium. In 2014, the Young Bar Association of Montreal named him as one of its Lawyers of the Year.

Practice areas


  • 2019 ' present Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC), Qatar Biobank and Qatar Genome Project
  • 2018 ' present Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Biogeniq
  • 2018 ' present Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Alberta Tomorrow Project
  • 2018 ' present Access Officer Data Access Compliance Office International Cancer Genome Consortium
  • 2018 ' present Member, Social Sciences Subcommittee, Healthy Brain Healthy Lives Program
  • 2018 ' present Independent Peer-Reviewer, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Council
  • 2018 ' present Member, CARPEM, Scientific Advisory Board
  • 2017 ' present Member, Association of Bioethics Program Directors
  • 2017 ' present Member, Scientific Planning Committee, 2nd International Congress on Personalized Health Care (CISSP 2018)
  • 2016 ' present Member, Scientific Planning Committee, Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference (May 2017)
  • 2015 ' present Expert Member, PRE-Ethics Incidental Findings Sub-Committee Reviewing the Tri-Council Policy Statement (Canada)
  • 2014 ' present Member, Research Theme Committee, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • 2014 ' present Member, Scientific Committee, Save Your Skin Foundation ' Qubec
  • 2014 ' present Member, External Advisory Committee, Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care (QNPHC)
  • 2014 ' present Legal representative, Veritas IRB Research Ethics Board
  • 2013 ' present Chair, Ethical and Legal Issues Committee, Biobank Collaborative Network (BCNet) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC
  • 2013 ' present Member, International Steering Committee, Biobank Collaborative Network (BCNet) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • 2012 ' present Delegate, Operational Steering Committee Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP)
  • 2012 ' present Member, International Research Network on Technological Innovations, Uncertainty and the Law of Civil Liability, Faculty of Law, McGi
  • 2009 ' present Legal representative, Montreal General Hospital's Research Ethics Board


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  • 2019 Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) McGill University, Faculty of Law
  • 2015 Visiting Doctoral Student Oxford University, Nuffield Department of Population Health
  • 2011 Master of Laws (LL.M.) Universit de Montral, Faculty of Law
  • 2008 ?cole du Barreau du Qubec (Quebec Bar School) Montreal Centre
  • 2007 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Universit de Montral, Faculty of Law

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