Psychiatry professor David N. Weisstub retires

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He held the Philippe Pinel Chair in Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics since 1992.

On June 30, David N. Weisstub retired as full professor in UdeM's Department of Psychiatry as well as from the Philippe Pinel Chair in Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics, a position he held since 1992.

A graduate of Yale Law School, he was called to the Ontario Bar 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.

Weisstub is the Honorary Life President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health and, for the past 40 years, the founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. He founded and is serving as Co-Editor of Ethique, médecine et politiques publique, along with Professor  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 in over 75 volumes.

Currently, Weisstub is co-president of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health, which has 150 affiliate institutions.

He has received three honorary doctorates: from the Université de Liége, Sigmund Freud University of Vienna and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Weisstub has been widely recognized for his extensive accomplishments. He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands into 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 of the Bruno Callieria Award from the International Institute for Criminological Science and Forensic Psychopathology at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Weisstub is the author of two volumes of poetry: Heaven, Take My Hand, published by McClelland & Stewart in Canada, and The Four Corners, published by Somondoco Press in the U.S. 

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