Governments once granted Internet platforms legal immunity from liability for the conduct of their users. But as issues like disinformation, cyber-bullying, and online defamation grow increasingly complex, a re-evaluation of long-held Internet policies has become crucial. Professor Michael Geist is taking on this challenge; he is aiming to develop solutions that address the risks of Internet-based harm while also safeguarding freedom of expression.
While 2020 provided more than its fair share of disruptions, Common Law researchers repeatedly demonstrated a steadfast resilience, countering uncertain times with an exceptionally broad offering of knowledge and expertise. In 2020 alone, and in spite of COVID-19-related challenges, researchers from the Common Law Section published 17 books, covering a huge range of research topics.
Professor François Larocque has been awarded the prestigious Ordre de la Pléiade by the Ontario branch of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF) for his contributions to the development of the French Language in Ontario.
Globally, the liberal world order is facing unprecedented challenges driven by a new era of ideological conflict and competition. Illiberal states are developing sustained campaigns to upend once settled norms and values such as democracy and multilateral cooperation. Canada is not immune to this phenomenon.
Professor Aimée Craft has been appointed to the newly-created Reference Group for the Appropriate Review of Indigenous Research, an initiative of Canada’s Tri-Council research funding agencies — the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Canadian Institutes of Health Research — to guide the development and implementation of culturally appropriate review approaches and practices for research conducted by and with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Law governs every aspect of our lives. But navigating law’s thousands of norms and millions of documents is challenging – even for lawyers. A new research lab at the University of Ottawa seeks to harness technology in an effort to reduce law's complexity. By treating legal texts as data, thousands of contracts or judgments can be investigated, categorized and analyzed within seconds, making law more accessible to everyone. This is the mission of uOttawa’s new Legal Technology Lab.
As the federal government responded to the COVID-19 crisis in March of 2020, certain failures in the treatment of Canada’s official languages became evident. For example, to ease importation from the United States, hundreds of disinfectant products were allowed to pass into Canada with labelling exclusively in English. The government, fortunately, revised its approach, but a pressing question remains: how can Canada ensure respect for the Official Languages Act during an emergency or health crisis?
The Supreme Court is a central institution in Canadian law and politics, and yet, to date, there has been relatively little empirical research on its work. Professor Carissima Mathen is leading a new project, funded by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), that will use state-of-the-art legal data analytics to investigate Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions, specifically probing how the Court has addressed equality claims.
The 2020 Fall Term is upon us at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. A number of changes, not all of them COVID-19 related, have taken place at the Law School since the Spring. Here is a brief look of what we tackled during COVID-19 but also an overview of notable announcements and appointments: