The Leadership Academy at the University of Ottawa is a bold and imaginative campus-wide project emerging from a partnership between the Faculties of Law, Engineering and Social Sciences to offer leadership training to our community (students, staff and professors) — and beyond. Imagine leadership in the service of law and the humanities, research and social change! That’s exactly what the academy seeks to offer.
Professor Anne Levesque represented Amnesty International (AI) as an intervener before the Quebec Court of Appeal on February 23, 2021, as a Montreal-based non-profit, Environnement Jeunesse, sought to proceed with its class action lawsuit against the Canadian government for failing to act on the climate crisis.
Professor Samuel Singer served as a co-plaintiff in a human rights challenge that recently won a historic victory for the rights of trans and non-binary individuals. Justice Gregory Moore of the Superior Court of Quebec ruled that several articles of the Civil Code of Quebec discriminate against trans and non-binary people, depriving them of their dignity and equality.
Professor Aimée Craft has been awarded the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award, which recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession and to the public life of Canada. Professor Craft is one of two honorees for this year’s President’s Award; the other recipient is Professor John Borrows, the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. With this exceptional honour, Professor Craft and Professor Borrows join the prestigious ranks of past recipients which include former Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin and former Senator Murray Sinclair, among many other luminaries of Canadian law.
Professor Vivek Krishnamurthy has earned a grant from Global Affairs Canada for a project entitled “Media Freedom in an Algorithmic Age: Perils and Possibilities”, which examines the implications of algorithmic systems and other emerging digital technologies for media freedom.
The rapid evolution of AI technologies has made a profound impact on the world of medicine, leading to significant advances in how technologies can interface with the human nervous system. But the use of AI-based neuroprostheses as medical devices raises a number of questions: Which AI-elements should future neuroprostheses incorporate or leave out? What technical design choices or regulatory measures are required to proceed safely? How can we support patients in clinical decision-making to avoid overblown hopes and to know—to borrow Thomas Nagel’s famous phrase—“what it’s like to have a hybrid mind”?