From deciding whether or not a tax return should trigger an audit, to determining which refugee claimants will be given status in Canada, administrative officials around the country make thousands of decisions every day that fundamentally affect the lives of Canadians. But these officials – and all Canadians – are entering an era of “artificial administration”, where human decision-making may be displaced or replaced by sophisticated information technology in the form of predictive analytics and deep learning. This begs the question: when is it appropriate for administrative officials to rely on machines in making decisions that affect Canadians?
Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, alumni Anna Keller, LLB ’09, Chase Irwin, LLB ’10 and Jamison Young, LLB ’07, have been named recipients of the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 awards for 2020. A joint initiative of the Ottawa Board of Trade and the Ottawa Business Journal, the annual Forty Under 40 awards recognize rising business leaders under the age of 40 in the National Capital Region.
Professor Carissima Mathen has been named Executive Co-Editor of the upcoming 6th edition of the leading textbook Canadian Constitutional Law. Addtionally, Professor Vanessa MacDonnell, Co-Director of the uOttawa Public Law Centre, and Professor Peter Oliver, founding Co-Director, have been named to the book’s Editorial Board.
For all the chaos and disruption caused by COVID-19, the pandemic has also provided the rare opportunity to think about how we can rebuild our communities and economies to create a more green and inclusive future. Professor Heather McLeod-Kilmurray has recently joined a multi-institutional task force dedicated to reducing inequality and advancing environmental stewardship in a post-pandemic society.
Edited by Colleen M. Flood, Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Theriault, and Sridhar Venkatapuram, Vulnerable: The Law, Policy & Ethics of COVID-19 confronts the vulnerabilities and interconnectedness exposed by the pandemic, along with our legal and policy responses.