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.
Sarah Paquet, LLL ’93 and LLB ’01, has been awarded the CIBC Executive Leaders distinction by WXN, the only national organization that meaningfully propels and celebrates the advancement of women at all levels, in all sectors, and of all ages.
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.
On November 27, 2020, Governor Julie Payette announced 114 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including the Honourable Allan Rock, LLB ’71. Allan Rock is President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa, and a Professor in the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law where he teaches International Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict in International Law. He is also a member of the Common Law Honour Society.
On November 16, a United Nations Security Council’s simulation with Common Law students representing Council members took place as part of Dr. Saeid Mirzaei Yengejeh’s Law of International Organizations course. The mock Security Council considered ways of combating the COVID-19 pandemic and unanimously passed a resolution calling for coordinated action to address the multidimensional aspects of this catastrophe.
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.
With the pandemic affecting hundreds of students looking for employment and learning opportunities this summer, the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law organized and funded eight (8) summer fellowships for students looking to pursue opportunities in the field with the special permission of the donor.