Michael Da Silva


Michael Da Silva
Senior Fellow in AI and Healthcare, AI + Society Initiative

Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Healthcare (2020-2022)


Dr. Michael Da Silva is a Senior Fellow in AI and Healthcare with the University of Ottawa AI + Society Initiative. 

Dr. Michael Da Silva is Permanent Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Southampton School of Law. He was previously the Alex Trebek / CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow in AI and Healthcare. During his fellowship, he explored the legal and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) for health and healthcare. He applied 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 contributed 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 was 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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