Prof. David N. Weisstub has retired on the 30th of June, 2017.
Prof. David N. Weisstub has retired from the Philippe Pinel Chair in Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics on the 30th of June, 2017, a position which he has held since 1992 in association with the Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal and from his position as full professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Montreal.
A graduate of the Yale Law School, he was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1972. Prior to coming to Montreal he was Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto for over 20 years and Professor of Psychiatry (non-medical) at the University of Toronto.
A pioneer in the field of law and mental health internationally, he has served as a consultant on mental health legislation and forensic reforms to many governments.
Prof. Weisstub is the Honourary Life President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry for 40 years. He founded and is serving as Co-Editor of Ethique, Médecine et Politiques Publique along with Prof. Christian Herve of the Université Paris Descartes (Sorbonne Paris Cité). In addition he is the founder and Editor-in Chief of the International Library on Ethics, Law and the New Medicine, published by Springer with over 75 volumes.
Currently, Prof. Weisstub is Co-President of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health, which is comprised of 150 Affiliate Institutions.
He has received three Honourary Doctorates from the Université de Liége, Sigmund Freud University of Vienna and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Professor Weisstub has been widely recognized for his extensive accomplishments. He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the Order of the Dutch Lion, and was presented the Grande Ufficiale by President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy.
Most recently in December 2016, he was the recipient of the Prix Jean Bernard from the French and Francophone Society of Medical Ethics in Paris and the Bruno Callieria Award from the International Institute for Criminological Science and Forensic Psychopathology at La Sapienza University in Rome.
Prof. Weisstub is the author of two volumes of poetry, Heaven, Take My Hand, published with McClelland & Stewart in Canada, and The Four Corners, published by Somondoco Press in the US.