Jerome Bickenbach

Jerome Bickenbach is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and Faculties of Law and Medicine at Queen’s University. He holds a Queen’s Research Chair and was a previous holder of a Killam Fellowship, working on the law and policy of health systems performance assessment. His area of specialty is bio-ethics, philosophy of law and disability studies. During his time working as a lawyer, Professor Bickenbach was a human rights litigator, specializing in anti-discrimination for people with intellectual impairments and mental illness. Since 1995 he has been a consultant with the World Health Organization working on the revision of the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (ICIDH) to the final draft leading to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Recently his research has included the ethics and application of the ICF to monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He can be reached at

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

The Fiercest Debate: Cecil A. Wright, The Benchers And Legal Education In Ontario, 1923-1957 (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1987), 340 pp. (with C. Ian Kyer).