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This is the poster for the event, a panel discussion on "The Occasional Human Sacrifice" by Professor Carl Elliott. 

Special presentation by the author, followed by a panel discussion and debate on whistleblowing with: 

- James Turk, Toronto Metropolitan University 
- Doris Rajan, IRIS Institute
- Kelly Johnson, Indigenous front-line worker
- Nancy Olivieri, University of Toronto
- Trudo Lemmens, University of Toronto

On June 18th, join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion exploring the complex ethical terrain of medical experimentation, inspired by the groundbreaking insights from Professor Carl Elliott’s recent work, “The Occasional Human Sacrifice: Medical Experimentation and the Price of Saying No.”

Beginning with the public health worker who exposed the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and ending with the four physicians who in 2016 blew the whistle on lethal synthetic trachea transplants at the Karolinska Institute, this work tells the extraordinary stories of insiders who spoke out against such abuses, and often paid a terrible price for doing the right thing.

Our distinguished panel features renowned experts in the field, each bringing a unique perspective to the table:

James Turk, Director, Centre of Free Expression, Toronto Metropolitan University

Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development, and Kelly Johnson, Indigenous front-line worker, Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society

Nancy Olivieri, Professor, Pediatrics, Medicine and Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Trudo Lemmens, Scholl Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Registration: Register at this link!

Questions? Contact us:

U of T Law Alumni Affairs


Event Details

Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Time: 4:00 p.m.-7:00p.m EST (reception from 6p.m. onward)

Location: University of Toronto Faculty of Law

78 Queens Park

Toronto, ON M5S 1K7


  • Presentation and Panel Discussion: Free
  • Reception: $10 (Includes a drink, appetizers and a chance to win a copy of “The Occasional Human Sacrifice”)