Steven Hoffman

Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health and Population

Department of Global Health and Population

Steven J. Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Strategy Lab at the University of Ottawa with courtesy appointments as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University, Adjunct Faculty with the McMaster Health Forum and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, health misinformation, health systems, maternal health, pandemics, technological innovation and tobacco. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with John-Arne Røttingen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz.

Steven previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy’s conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine.

Please see Steven’s website for more information on his scholarship, teaching and service activities:

Select Publications

  • S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. In press. “What Impact Can Be Expected from New Global Health Treaties? Evidence from 90 Quantitative Impact Evaluations”. American Journal of Public Health.
  • S.J. Hoffman. In press. “Making the International Health Regulations Matter: Promoting Compliance through Effective Dispute Resolution.” In: Routledge Handbook on Global Health Security, edited by S. Rushton and J. Youde. Oxford: Routledge.
  • S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2014. “Split WHO in Two: Strengthening Political Decision-making and Securing Independent Scientific Advice”. Public Health 128(2): 188-194. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2013.08.021. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman, C. Tan. 2013. “Why Do So Many People Follow Celebrities’ Medical Advice? A Meta-Narrative Review”. British Medical Journal 347: f7151. doi:10.1136/bmj.f7151. PDF
  • J.S. Edge, S.J. Hoffman. 2013. “Empirical Impact Evaluation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in Australia, Canada, UK and USA,” Globalization & Health 9(60): 1-10. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-9-60. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2013. “Dark Sides of the Proposed Framework Convention on Global Health’s Many Virtues: A Systematic Review and Critical Analysis”. Health & Human Rights Journal 15(1): 117-134. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman. 2012. “Mitigating Inequalities of Influence among States in Global Decision Making,” Global Policy Journal 3(4): 421-432. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2011.00153.x. Website
  • S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2012. “Be Sparing with International Laws”. Nature 483: 275. doi:10.1038/483275e. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman, J-A. Røttingen. 2012. “Assessing Implementation Mechanisms for an International Agreement on Research and Development for Health Products”. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 90(12): 854-863. doi:10.2471/BLT.12.109827. PDF
  • C.M.S. Florio, S.J. Hoffman. 2012. “Student Perspectives on Legal Education: A Longitudinal Empirical Evaluation,” Journal of Legal Education 62(1): 162-187. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman, L. Sossin. 2012. “Empirically Evaluating the Impact of Adjudicative Tribunals in the Health Sector: Context, Challenges and Opportunities”. Health Economics, Policy and Law 7(2): 147-174. doi:10.1017/S1744133111000156. Website
  • S.J. Hoffman. 2011. “Ending Medical Complicity in State-Sponsored Torture”. The Lancet 378(9802): 1535-1537. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60816-7. PDF
  • L. Sossin, S.J. Hoffman. 2010. “The Elusive Search for Accountability: Evaluating Adjudicative Tribunals,” Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 28(2): 343-360. Website
  • S.J. Hoffman. 2010. “Strengthening Global Health Diplomacy in Canada’s Foreign Policy Architecture: Literature Review and Key Informant Interviews”. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 16(3): 17-41. doi:10.1080/11926422.2010.9687318. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman. 2010. “The Evolution, Etiology and Eventualities of the Global Health Security Regime”. Health Policy and Planning 25(6): 510-522. doi:10.1093/heapol/czq037. PDF
  • L. Sossin, S.J. Hoffman. 2010. “Evaluating the Impact of Remedial Authority: Adjudicative Tribunals in the Health Sector” In: Taking Remedies Seriously, edited by K. Roach and R.J. Sharpe. Montreal: Canadian Institute for Administration of Justice. PDF
  • S.J. Hoffman, J.N. Lavis, S. Bennett. 2009. “The Use of Research Evidence in Two International Organizations’ Recommendations about Health Systems”. Healthcare Policy 5(1): 66-86. doi:10.12927.hcpol.2009.21005. PDF