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This Researcher

Bourgeault, I.L., James, Y., and Packer, C., “Developing and executing a cross-national qualitative health research project: Not for the faint of heart,” in Dingwall R. and McDonnell, M. (eds.), The Research Management Handbook(London: Sage, in press).

Najafizada, S.A.M, Torres, S. Bourgeault, I., Labonté, R. and Packer C., “The role of Community Health Workers in Canada and some other HICS: a scoping review,” Canadian Journal of Public Health (in press).

Packer, C. Runnels V and Labonté, R., “Canada’s response to female genital mutilation: Are we failing our girls?”,Canadian Medical Association Journal . First published February 17, 2015. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.141215. Available at:

Labonté, R., Sanders, D, Packer, C. and Schaay, N. “Is the Alma Ata Vision of Comprehensive Primary Health Care Viable? Findings from an International Project” Global Health Action, 7:24997, 2014. Available at:

Runnels, V., Labonté, R, Packer, C., Chaudhry, S., Adams, O., & Blackmer, J. (2014). “Canadian physicians’ responses to cross border healthcare: a preliminary survey,” Globalization and Health, 10(20):1-7.

Runnels, V., Labonté, R., Packer, C. (2011). Reflections on the ethics of recruiting foreign-trained human resources for health. Human Resources for Health. 9(2) e1-e11.

Hopkins, L., Labonté, R., Runnels, V., & Packer, C. (2010). Medical tourism today: What is the state of existing knowledge? (09287AR). Journal of Public Health Policy. Vol.31, No. 2, 185-198.

Labonté, R., Schrecker, T., Packer, C., & Runnels, V. (eds.). (2009). Globalization and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy, New York/London: Routledge.

Labonté, R., Blouin, C., Chopra, M., Lee, K., Packer, C., Rowson, M., et al. (2007). Towards Health-equitable Globalisation: Rights, Regulation and Redistribution. Final Report of the Globalization and Health Knowledge Network, World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Available at:

Packer, C., Labonté, R., & Spitzer D. (2007). Globalization and Health Worker Crisis.  Globalization and Health Knowledge Network Research Paper, World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Available at:

Labonté, R., Packer, C., & Klassen, N. (2007). The Brain Drain of Health Professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa to Canada, Cape Town/Kingston: SAMP Migration and Development Series, No. 2. Available at:

Lijnzaad, L., van Sambeek, H., Tahzib-Lie, B. (eds.), & Packer, C. (associate ed.). (2004). Making the Voices of Victims Heard: Essays on Humanitarian Assistance and International Humanitarian Law in Honour of HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Packer, C.A.A. (2002). Using Human Rights to Change Tradition: Traditional Practices Harmful to Women’s Reproductive Health in sub-Saharan Africa, Antwerp/Oxford/New York: Intersentia.

Packer, C.A.A. (1996). The Right to Reproductive Choice: A Study in International Law, Åbo Akademi University, Finland: Institute for Human Rights.

Contributions within Edited Volumes

Packer, C.A.A., Runnels, V., & Labonté, R. (2010). “Does the Migration of Health Workers Bring Benefits to the Countries They Leave Behind?”  in Shah, R.S. (ed.)) The International Migration of Health Workers, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 44-61.

Packer, C., Labonté, R., & Runnels, V. (2009). “Globalization and the Cross-Border Flow of Health Workers,” in (Labonté, R., Schrecker, T., Packer, C., and Runnels, V. (eds.)), Globalization and Health:Pathways, Evidence and Policy, New York/London: Routledge, pp. 213-234.

Packer, C.A.A. (2005). “Understanding the Sociocultural and Traditional Context of Female Circumcision and the Impact of the Human Rights Discourse,” in (Nnaemeka, O. and Ezeilo, J. (eds.)) Engendering Human Rights: Cultural and Socioeconomic Realities in Africa, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 223-247.

Packer, C.A.A. (2003). “African Women, Traditions and Human Rights: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary ‘Universal’ Discourses and Approaches,” in (Forsythe, D.P. and McMahon, P.C. (eds.)) Human Rights and Diversity: Area Studies Revisited, Lincoln/London: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 159-181.

Packer, C.A.A. (2003). “Rights-Based Education to Gender Equality: Comments on the Contribution by Katarina Tomaševski” in (Boerefijn, I, Coomans, F., Goldschmidt, J., Holtmaat, R., and Wolleswinkel, R. (eds.)) Temporary Special Measures: Accelerating de facto Equality of Women under Article 4(1) UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Antwerp/Oxford/New York: Intersentia, pp. 173-179.

Packer, C.A.A. (2000). “Sex Education: Child’s Right, Parent’s Choice or State’s Obligation?” in (Eric Heinze (ed.)) Of Innocence and Autonomy, Dartmouth, UK: Ashgate, pp. 163-178.

Articles in Journals

Runnels, V., Labonte, R., & Packer, C.A.A. (2011). “Reflections on the ethics of recruiting foreign-trained human resources for health”, Human Resources for Health, 9:2. Available at:

Labonté, R., Packer, C., & Klassen, N. (2006). “Managing health professional migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Canada: a stakeholder inquiry into policy options,” Human Resources for Health, 4:23. Available at:

Labonté, R., Packer, C., & Klassen, N. (2006). The perverse subsidy: Canada and the brain drain of health professionals from sub-Saharan Africa,” Policy Options, pp. 74-78.

Labonté, R., & Packer, C. (2006). “The brain drain of physicians from developing countries to Canada: a matter of human rights,” Human Rights Tribune, 12:1. Available at:,%20Issue%201,%20May%202006.pdf

Packer, C.A.A. (2003). “Roma Women and Public Health Care,” Entre Nous – The European Magazine for Sexual and Reproductive Health, No. 55. Copenhagen: The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, pp. 20-22. Available at:

Packer, C.A.A., & D. Rukare. (2002). “The New African Union and its Constitutive Act,” American Journal of International Law, 96:2, pp. 365-379.

Packer, C.A.A. (1998). “Note on the Council of Europe’s Information Forum on National Policies in the Field of Equality between Women and Men, 27-29 November 1997, Tallinn, Estonia,” European Journal of Health Law, 5:2, pp. 177-184.

Packer, C.A.A. (1998). “Defining and Delineating the Right to Reproductive Choice”, Nordic Journal of International Law, 67:1, pp. 77-95.

Packer, C.A.A. (1997). “Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy: The Protection Offered by International Human Rights Law”, The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 5:1, pp. 47-76.


Packer, C.A.A. (1997). Reproduction and Life Styles: Trends and Developments. Report to the Council of Europe’s Information Forum on National Policies in the Field of Equality between Women and Men, Tallinn (Estonia), 27-29 November 1997; Council of Europe document EG/TAL (97) 7, total pp. 10.