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Global Information Law and Practice
January 6, 2020
professor michael geist
university of ottawa, faculty of law
This is pretty intense…
So thank you!
• Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law
• Focal point is the intersection between law and technology
• Somewhat unusually – my research, writing, advocacy, teaching tends to be broad
– Internet issues – governance, jurisdiction, e-commerce
– Trade (TPP)
– Emerging technologies – AI, ML
• Policy oriented – what the law is but also what it could or should be
• Globally focused – emphasis on Canada, but interests in comparative issues, global
• Accessible –columns, blogs, social media, videos
• Familiarity with Hong Kong – several visits over the years (professional + personal)
About the Course
• course site for materials – everything open. Moodle will be used for paper
• IT law issues – jurisdiction, contracting, internet governance, domain name issues,
privacy, cloud & copyright, platform liability, and hot topics
• Substantively – three perspectives
– Historical/foundational – how has the law developed in the field
– Comparative – how have different countries addressed
– Future-focused – future challenges, where to next
About the Class Structure
– Mini-case studies to start each class (no reading).
Introduce and break into small groups for a quick
discussion. Bring it back to the full group.
– Shift to some lectures on key issues and
– Back to discussion on the law and the future
– Use PPTs – will post after class
– Try to start on-time
– 100% is frowned upon so…
– 25% for a presentation & 75% for a final paper
– Presentation – intro to your final paper if you’ve managed to do some research
and ready to discuss
– Short case study or presentation on a related issue you encounter or have dealt
with in your own practice/career. Great expertise in the classroom –
opportunity to share it would be great. Presentation expected to last for about
15-20 minutes – 10-15 presentation, 5 for discussion.
– Paper – anything related to IT law. Either directly we’ve dealt with or you
wish we had. 20-25 pages. Must be submitted via Moodle. Deadline is April
Is Cyberspace a place?
Do we still regard regulation as something
involving physical space?
Is there an analogy that works?
Do we need one?