Tess Sheldon is a lawyer who writes, presents and teaches extensively on a variety of mental health, access to justice, disability and human rights topics. Her research, including about coercive medication administration practices in psychiatric settings, scrutinizes the role of law to protect and promote our communities’ health. She explores law’s possibilities (and perils) to confront the regimes that reflect and reinforce economic and social exclusion, including of persons with disabilities and consumers/ survivors of the psychiatric system. Her legal practice is primarily devoted to disability, constitutional and human rights law. She has practiced exclusively with Ontario’s legal clinic system, including at ARCH Disability Law Centre and Justice for Children and Youth. She is currently on leave from ARCH, while she is Visiting Professor and Interim Academic Director of the Disability Law Intensive at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
- Lawyer, Visiting Professor