2016 Robin Badgley Memorial Student Award Recipients



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The 2016 Robin Badgley Memorial Student Award was presented to Hadi Karsoho for his paper “Articulating Suffering with the Role of Medicine at the End of Life: The Case of Physician-Assisted Dying” (co-authored with Drs. Jennifer Fishman, David Kenneth Wright, and Mary Ellen Macdonald).

Hadi Karsoho is a PhD candidate at McGill University in the Departments of Sociology and Social Studies of Medicine. Hadi’s research program is broadly concerned with questions of contemporary death and dying that lie at the intersection of medicine, ethics, and law. For his doctoral thesis, Hadi examines how different stakeholders come together in one notable litigation, Carter v. Canada, to debate the legality and ethics of physician-assisted dying (i.e., medical assistance in dying). Carter resulted in the decriminalization of physician-assisted dying in Canada in 2016 and, to the best of our knowledge, Hadi’s research is the first in-depth, empirical examination of the landmark court case. Hadi's thesis forms part of a larger research project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), on public controversies of medicalized dying in Canada.