Yann Joly


Yann Joly, Ph.D. (DCL), FCAHS, Ad.E. is the Research Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP). He is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics cross-appointed at the Bioethics Unit, at McGill University. He was named advocatus emeritus by the Quebec Bar in 2012 and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2017.

Prof. Joly is a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) Sectoral Commission for Natural, Social and Human Sciences. He is the current Chair of the Bioethics Workgroup of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) and, of the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). He is also a member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS).

Prof. Jolyâ??s research interests lie at the interface of the fields of scientific knowledge, health law (biotechnology and other emerging health technologies) and bioethics. He has published his findings in over 120 peer-reviewed articles featured in top legal, ethical and scientific journals. He served as a legal advisor on multiple research ethics committees in the public and private sectors. Prof. Joly also sits on editorial committees and acts as a reviewer for a wide range of publications in his field. In 2012, he received the Quebec Bar Award of Merit (Innovation) for his work on the right to privacy in the biomedical field.

Published Works

Contact details

(514) 398-7286 / yann.joly@mail.mcgill.ca

Areas of Practice

Life Sciences

Year Qualified



2009 Doctorate in Civil Law (D.C.L.) MCGILL UNIVERSITY, Montreal, Canada
2005 Master of Laws (LL.M.) UNIVERSITÃ? DE MONTRÃ?AL, Montreal, Canada
2003 General Course on Intellectual Property (Certificate) WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION
2003 Member of the Quebec (Canada) Bar Ã?COLE DU BARREAU DU QUEBEC "BAR SCHOOL OF QUEBEC", Montreal
2001 Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) UNIVERSITÃ? DE MONTRÃ?AL, Montreal, Canada
1999 Minor in History UNIVERSITÃ? DE MONTRÃ?AL, Montreal, Canada
1998 Minor in Law UNIVERSITÃ? DE MONTRÃ?AL, Montreal, Canada


July 2017- Member, IHEC International Scientific Steering Committee (ISSC)
May 2017- Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Sectoral Commission, Natural, Social and Human Sciences
Jul. 2016 â?? Chair, Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), Data Access Committee
Jun. 2016 â?? Member, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Apr. 2016 â?? Regular Investigator, Quebecâ??s Research Network in Population Health (QNPHC)
Apr. 2016 â?? Member Human Genome Organization (HUGO) Committee on Ethics, Law and Society (CELS)
Jan. 2016- Member, Association québécoise de droit comparé
Nov. 2015 â?? Chair, Bioethics Working Group, International Epigenome Consortium (IHEC)
Sept. 2015 â?? Chair, Standards Group, UNESCO and Human Variome Project
Jul. 2015 â?? Member, McGill Research Group on Health and Law (RGHL)
May 2015 â?? Member, International Cancer Genome Consortium ARGO (ICGC ARGO) Scientific Planning Committee
May 2015 â?? Member, Exactis Innovation, Scientific Advisory Board
Apr 2015- Member, World Association for Medical Law (WAML)
Feb. 2015 â?? Member, Board of Directors, Quebec Network for Personalized Health Care (QNPHC)
Nov. 2014 â?? Member, Accountability Policy Task Team, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH)
Apr. 2014 â?? Member, private research ethics board, Veritas IRB Inc., Montreal
Mar. 2014 â?? Member of the Steering Committee, Quebecâ??s Network of Applied Genetic Medicine, RMGA
Mar. 2013 â?? Member of the CIHR- IG, Health Services, policy and ethical, legal and social issues, Research Priority and Planning Committee
Dec. 2011 â?? Member of the World Association for Medical Law, Belgium
Mar. 2009 â?? Member of 4 committees of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) 1) Ethics and Policy, 2) Data Coordination and Management,
Mar. 2009 â?? Member of the Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) Consortium
Feb. 2009 â?? Member of the Pedagogical Committee, Association for Research and Education in Medical Law (ARFDM)
Jan 2008- Associate Member, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP), McGill
Jan. 2003 â?? Member of Quebecâ??s Network of Applied Genetic Medicine, RMGA