Elizabeth Judge


Elizabeth Judge
Full professor

Room: 57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 366
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3316
Office: 613-562-5124
Work E-mail: Elizabeth.Judge@uOttawa.ca

Elizabeth Judge


A.B. (English and American Literature; Political Science) (Hons.), magna cum laude, (Brown), M.A. (English Literature) (Toronto), J.D., cum laude, (Harvard), LL.M. (Dalhousie) and Ph.D. (English Literature)(Dalhousie), of the bars of Ontario, California and the District of Columbia

Dr. Elizabeth F. Judge is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, where she specializes in intellectual property, law and literature, and privacy. She is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, an affiliate member of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, and holds a cross appointment with the Department of English. She is the co-author of Intellectual Property: The Law in Canada (Carswell) and other publications on intellectual property and on law and literature. Her research focuses on intellectual property rights and interdisciplinary law and literature scholarship, especially legal and literary ideas of originality and authorship and their historical development from the eighteenth century. As part of a multidisciplinary research team, she is currently researching law and policy questions arising from geospatial information and open data, such as intellectual property claims, locational privacy, open access, Crown copyright, and best practices for licensing. Her areas of specialization in English Literature include the long eighteenth century, history of the novel, history of the book, canonicity, law and literature, and literary history.

Dr. Judge holds an honours Bachelor of Arts from Brown University (English and American Literature; Political Science) a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of Arts (English) from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Laws and a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Dalhousie University, and she has taught in both law and literature. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is admitted to the Bars of the State of California, the District of Columbia, and the United States Tax Court. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, she practised law in Washington, D.C., and she served as a law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Binnie at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dr. Judge teaches Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, PhD Research Methodology (for doctoral students in law), Technopolicy (for LLM concentrators in Law and Technology), and Law and Literature (for JD students and graduate students in Common Law and the Department of English).

Dr. Judge is a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and is an active supervisor of graduate students. She is a member of the university’s Graduate Programs Evaluation Committee.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

Intellectual property (copyright, patents, trademarks, confidential information, industrial design)

International intellectual property

Law and literature

Law and language

Privacy law

Law and technology

Legal history

Legal theory

Law and geography


Tort law

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