Michael Da Silva

Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Healthcare

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
University of Ottawa





Michael Da Silva is the Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Healthcare at the University of Ottawa AI + Society Initiative, under the supervision of Professor Colleen Flood.

As the Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Healthcare, Dr. Michael Da Silva will explore the legal and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) for health and healthcare. He will apply his graduate and post-doctoral training in law and philosophy to examine how to weigh and implement – and then reassess – competing values in ‘real-world’ institutional contexts. He will begin by contributing to ongoing work on the ethical regulation of A.I. in/as medical devices.

Dr. Da Silva takes an interdisciplinary, transnational approach to research and has published works in numerous disciplines, including law, philosophy, and bioethics. Several of Dr. Da Silva’s past works focused on ‘social rights.’ For instance, his forthcoming book offers a new conception of the right to health care and measures for realizing that right. He is thus particularly interested in exploring the relationship between A.I. regulation and human rights during the course of his fellowship.

Dr. Da Silva completed his Doctoral of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. He then served as a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the McGill University Faculty of Law and Institute for Health and Social Policy. Dr. Da Silva is a member of the New York bar. Among other past experiences, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and a Foreign Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel.

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