Research Centres and Chairs

Centres of Research Excellence

The Common Law Section’s Centres of Excellence include research centres, networks, programs, laboratories, clinics and research groups that provide valuable meeting places for researchers to exchange ideas and apply their findings. These collaborative environments foster innovation, while offering a common spaces where students and researchers can come together to test and develop their work, creating new ideas and advancing the University’s vibrant research culture.

Research Centres
Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability

The Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability is the University of Ottawa's forum for research, teaching, discussion and advocacy related to environmental law. The Centre aims to promote policy-relevant environmental law research and teaching; encourage collaboration amongst faculty and students on research, teaching and community outreach relating to environmental law; and recruit, assist and train the best environmental law researchers and students.  The Centre is home to one of the largest concentrations of environmental law professors of any law school in Canada, with areas of expertise including water law, toxic torts, environmental justice, sustainable food law, international trade, economic instruments biotechnology and aboriginal law. 

Co-Directors: Nathalie Chalifour & Heather McLeod-Kilmurray



Chalifour, Nathalie




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McLeod-Kilmurray, Heather




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Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics
Breakthroughs in the health sciences offer tremendous hope to patients and the public. But with progress, new sets of legal, regulatory and ethical challenges emerge. The interdisciplinary Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics is a hub for the generation of new ideas and evidence and the development and dissemination of interdisciplinary research designed to tackle pressing health, health care and health system issues. 


Director:  Colleen Flood



Flood, Colleen




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Holland, Giles

Coordinator for the Centre for Health Law Policy & Ethics 



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Thomas, Bryan

CIHR Research Associate



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Centre for Law, Technology and Society

The goal of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society is to research, analyze and theorize the complex and interdependent relationships between law, technology and society. This centre for research, student training and knowledge dissemination brings together independent scholars and professors interested in its strategic areas of research, which include a wide variety of subjects relating to law and technology in its broadest sense and from multiple perspectives. The Centre encourages multidisciplinarity, providing the richest and most comprehensive approach to research and policy-making. It seeks to develop a national and international network of associated researchers and institutions, both in law and in many other domains, and serve as a nexus for partnership building and collaborative scholarship.


Director:  Florian Martin-Bariteau


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CGA Ontario Tax & International Business Research Centre

The CGA Tax Research Centre promotes research in Canadian federal and provincial taxation and in international tax law. The Centre sponsors the publication of research and tax law and policy, provides a forum for national and international conferences on tax law, and contributes to the development of tax policy and related areas of administration. It participates in academic and professional forums on the domestic and international tax scene and acts as a conduit for communication with various governmental agencies.


Director:  Vern Krishna

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Human Rights Research and Education Centre

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre strives to bring together educators, researchers and students from other disciplines to approach issues surrounding human rights from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective, both in order to respect such rights and to explore that which they require in a complex, interconnected world.  The HRREC benefits from a bilingual and bijuridical environment, and is the only institutional human rights research centre located in the National Capital Region.  The Centre fosters research, teaching and outreach partnerships, with academic units, governmental and civil society organizations.

Director:  John Packer


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Faucher, Caroline

Communications Officer



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Fernandez, Viviana

Assistant Director



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Public Law Centre

The Common Law Section has one of the largest and strongest concentrations of public law specialists in Canada. The members of the Public Law Group engage in ground-breaking research and teaching across the many fields of Canadian public law including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, federalism and the division of powers, the unwritten constitution, administrative law, minority language rights, aboriginal peoples, immigration and refugee law, labour law, criminal law and human rights.   As the only law faculty in the nation’s capital, the group enjoys unparalleled access to Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Courts, and the Department of Justice as well as numerous administrative agencies and government ministries.  Members of the Public Law Group are frequently called upon to provide expert advice and commentary to courts, law-makers, the public service and the media.  



Research Networks
Open Air: The Open African Innovation Research Network

Open AIR is a unique collaborative network of researchers spread across more than 15 African countries, Canada, and elsewhere answering two overarching questions: (i) how can open collaborative innovation help businesses scale up and seize the new opportunities of a global knowledge economy?; and (ii) which intellectual property (IP) and associated knowledge governance systems will best ensure that the social and economic benefits of innovation are shared inclusively across society as a whole?  Open AIR’s primary goal is to uncover new insights to ease tensions between IP and access to knowledge. Specifically, it aims to solve a problem at the heart of IP and innovation policy: how to reconcile tensions between appropriation and access, excluding and sharing, and competing and collaborating.


Director:  Jeremy de Beer



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Chidi Oguamanam

Theme Lead Researcher


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Schorr, Victoria

Program manager


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The eQuality Project

The eQuality Project brings together a broad range of civil society, educational and government partners interested in exploring young peoples’ experiences online, specifically examining the targeting of youth and other vulnerable audiences by advertisers. The project seeks to answer the question of how society can create an equality enhancing and affirming environment that enables all young people to fully participate. The project takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of online behavioural targeting, other corporate practices, and cyberbullying as elements that shape the potential for a lived equality in networked spaces.  It marks an important contribution to legal scholarship in that it aims to ensure that the voices of young people from some of Canada’s most marginalized communities are heard by policymakers as the nation’s social, legal and cultural frameworks respond to our increasingly digitally networked and automated world.


Bailey, Jane

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Steeves, Valerie

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Porter, Robert

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The Refugee Hub

• The Refugee Hub: The Refugee Hub works to increase protection and rights for refugees by engaging in research, collaborative partnerships, and innovative programming on the community, national, and international level. We work with researchers, citizens, political leaders, policy makers, and civil society to build opportunities and capacity to meet the protection needs of refugees through evidence-based policy and practice. In addition to providing in-depth research and expertise, the Refugee Hub houses a number of flagship initiatives that respond to current protection needs, engage in community support and connection, and mobilize direct action on refugee issues. These initiatives include the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP), the University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Program (UORAP) and the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) amongst others

Directors: Jennifer Bond & Amy Bartlett

Research Groups and Laboratories
International Law Group

The uOttawa Faculty of Law is one of Canada's most prominent international law faculties. Located in the heart of Canada's capital city, the law school is at the geographic and intellectual centre of international law, as it is practiced in Canada. By positioning itself at the centre of international law teaching and research, the law school attracts a dynamic international law faculty, drawing on the rich academic, professional and governmental resources of the nation's capital and on visiting academics and practitioners from around the world. The law school’s international law group consists of professors with a rich level of practical and academic experience in the field who offer a comprehensive catalogue of some 30 international law-related courses in English and French, supplemented by numerous established internships, research projects and moot court competitions.



Law and Social Justice Group

Boasting nearly 50 professors from the Common Law and Civil Law Sections of the Faculty of Law, the Law and Social Justice Group engages in analysis and critique of the role of law in the development and maintenance of social, political and economic inequality. This critical perspective focuses in particular on historically marginalized groups such as women; those facing socio-economic disadvantage; immigrants and refugees; linguistic, ethnic, religious and racial minorities; aboriginal peoples; those with mental and physical disabilities; sexual minorities; the young and the aged.  Social Justice professors offer courses that critically examine law’s implication in constructing and maintaining historic and current social, political and economic inequalities, and law’s potential and limitations as an instrument of redistributive and egalitarian social, economic and political change.



Public Law Group

The Common Law Section has one of the largest and strongest concentrations of public law specialists in Canada. The members of the Public Law Group engage in ground-breaking research and teaching across the many fields of Canadian public law including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, federalism and the division of powers, the unwritten constitution, administrative law, minority language rights, aboriginal peoples, immigration and refugee law, labour law, criminal law and human rights.   As the only law faculty in the nation’s capital, the group enjoys unparalleled access to Parliament, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Courts, and the Department of Justice as well as numerous administrative agencies and government ministries.  Members of the Public Law Group are frequently called upon to provide expert advice and commentary to courts, law-makers, the public service and the media.  



Ticket Defence Program

The Ticket Defence Program is a community-based organization that, in partnership with the Common Law Faculty at the University of Ottawa, provides legal information and basic legal services to homeless people and people who are street-involved.  Its main goal is to challenge the application of laws that are unjust to this already vulnerable segment of the population, and provide representation before the provincial courthouse.


Director:  Suzanne Bouclin


Ticket Defense Program  


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Sponsorship Support Program

The Refugee Hub’s Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP) was established in 2015 to bring together sponsorship experts, pro-bono lawyers, law students, and community organizations to offer direct support to Canadians seeking to sponsor refugees. Created in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis, the SSP has three primary components:

  • Direct sponsorship support, which provides sponsor groups with direct support from pro-bono lawyers and law students throughout the private refugee sponsorship application process.
  • A training program in partnership with the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), which trains lawyers and law students on the completion of sponsorships, and provides ongoing support for their work through sponsorship experts.
  • A public information program, which provides Canadians with resources and support regarding sponsorship.

Directors: Jennifer Bond & Amy Bartlett

The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Program

The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) is housed at the Refugee Hub, and was launched following the 2012 changes to Canada's refugee system. The project seeks to address key access to justice concerns for asylum seekers within Canada's claim system. UORAP is both a programmatic intervention on the community level as well as a larger research initiative. As a programmatic intervention, UORAP has developed resources and delivered training to over 300 community workers in 6 major refugee-hosting cities in Canada. This work includes a Hearing Preparation Kit for refugee claimants and an Online Training for community workers, including a Facilitator’s Guide and supplementary documents. As a larger research initiative, UORAP has continued its multi-year project to study the use of evidence in Canada’s refugee claim system.

Directors: Jennifer Bond & Amy Bartlett

Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative

The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is housed at the Refugee Hub, and works to assist and inspire countries around the world to open new pathways for refugee protection. We do this by sharing Canada’s history, experience, and leadership in private sponsorship and by supporting the creation of new programs that countries design to meet their unique needs. This work includes providing training and public education, community building, advisory services, and connecting networks for the purpose of expanding and promoting refugee protection on a global scale. The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is a partnership between University of Ottawa's Refugee Hub, the Open Society Foundations, the Government of Canada, UNHCR, and the Giustra Foundation. Visit

Directors: Jennifer Bond & Amy Bartlett

Académie pour l’excellence en rédaction juridique

The Académie pour l’excellence en rédaction juridique aims to promote the French language at the heart of the legal profession and to provide students in the French Common Law Program and the Programme de droit canadien (PDC) with the necessary resources to improve their skills in legal writing.  The Académie offers numerous workshops throughout the year to help students develop their written advocacy skills and learn the intricacies of drafting legal memoranda, decision commentaries, and even how to prepare for law exams.



Legal Writing Academy

The Legal Writing Academy is dedicated to improving legal writing in English. The Academy integrates practical writing instruction throughout all three years of legal study.  Common Law English Program students gain experience with real-life writing demands through credited writing courses within the formal curriculum, module units integrated into first-year and upper-year substantive courses, a workshop series open to all students, and peer-mentoring sessions.  Academy professors include the founders and experienced lawyers with a passion for writing and writing pedagogy.


Director:  Ellen Zweibel


Legal Clinics
Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

CIPPIC’s mandate is to advocate in the public interest on diverse issues arising at the intersection of law and technology. In pursuit of its public mandate, CIPPIC regularly provides expert testimony before Canadian parliamentary committees, participates in the regulatory activities of various Canadian quasi-judicial bodies such as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, appears at all levels of Canada’s judicial system, and participates in various international Internet governance fora. In addition, CIPPIC advises clients (organizational and otherwise) on matters with a public interest dimension, provides public education resources on various legal issues and, by its location at the Faculty of Law, provides direct training and education for law students.


Director:  David Fewer


Fax:  613-562-5417


Fewer, David

Executive Director



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Israel, Tamir

Staff Lawyer


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Board Room




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University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

The uOttawa Community Legal Clinic provides legal services to the Ottawa community, including providing legal education, advocacy and law reform for, and on behalf of, people of low income, members of historically disadvantaged groups, and students. Staffed by lawyers and law students, the Clinic provides legal advice, and representation at court for a variety of criminal, family and tenant-related matters. It also assists women who have been victims of violence in obtaining compensation. Law students working as caseworkers gain practical legal skills and court/tribunal experience while making a contribution to the Ottawa community.


Director:  Louise Toone


General Number for the Public : 562-5600 -  Fax 562-5602
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Bouterakos, Suzanne





Oskoui, Nikta 

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Vanessa Baker-Murray

Review Counsel




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Ouellette, Pascale

Review Counsel




Sidoli, Lisa

Review Counsel




Toone, Louise

Executive Director




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uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic

The uOttawa-Ecojustice Environmental Law Clinic fills a major gap in Canada’s environmental capacity with a long-needed public interest environmental law organization in the nation’s capital.  It is well-positioned to serve the environmental law and policy interests of both local and national clientele, including environmental, aboriginal and community groups in both official languages. The clinic draws on the University’s strengths in environmental law, and related fields such as economics, science and public health, and on Ecojustice’s strengths in law, policy and science.  Conceived as a problem-based educational model, the Clinic is helping to train the next generation of environmental law and policy leaders, while encouraging students and faculty to become more involved in community service work.


Director:  Josh Ginsberg



Ginsberg, Joshua

Clinic Director, Director of Legislative Affairs and Staff Lawyer


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Billard, Emma

Office Manager


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Attaran, Amir

Staff Lawyer


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Jones, Venetia

Communication Specialist


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Gallant, Danielle Staff Lawyer 1963 STW 214

McIntosh, Anna

Staff Lawyer (June 3 ,2018 to December 6, 2019)


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Itamunoala, Belema

Summer Student (May 6, 2019 to August 30, 2019) 3382 STW 216
Watson, Veronica Articling Student (August 21, 2019 – July 10, 2020) 7943 STW 216

Research Chairs

The Common Law Section’s Research Chairs are leaders in their fields whose expertise is recognized nationally and internationally. Research Chairs are supported institutionally so that they can continue to engage in ground-breaking research and lead major projects that contribute to the education of our students, while training and mentoring future researchers and generating opportunities for collaboration with other researchers.

Canada Research Chairs
Michael Geist – Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law (Tier 1)

Dr. Michael Geist explores myriad legal, policy and governance questions surrounding the Internet and e-commerce, with an emphasis on copyright, privacy, communications and the digital economy. He asks whether Canada’s current digital economy legal frameworks can adequately foster public confidence by addressing next-generation Internet and technology issues.  Dr. Geist’s research influences the development of recommendations for Canada’s digital economy strategy and its governance based on the emerging technological and legal landscape. It also results in increased public participation regarding digital economy policy.


Ian Kerr – Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology (Tier 1)

Dr. Ian Kerr examines various ethical and legal questions of governance affecting our lives in two different areas: the regulation of on-line conduct, and the regulation of technologies that create challenges for existing legal, regulatory and social structures. His investigations relate specifically to anonymous communication, the emerging role of on-line service providers, and the automation of e-commerce. Dr. Kerr’s research has proven invaluable to scholars across the social sciences, humanities and applied sciences. It also provides businesses and policy makers worldwide with the information tools they need to implement novel regulatory strategies that improve on-line communication and commerce.


Teresa Scassa – Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy (Tier 1)


Data and information play a central role in all aspects of human activity. This role is growing as digital sensors transform almost every action into new data. Big data and artificial intelligence dominate headlines with stories about self-driving cars, “smart” appliances, and digital personal assistants. At the same time, other headlines tell us of massive data security breaches, state intrusions on privacy rights, digital profiling, surveillance and discrimination. Information technologies are transforming our society at what seems to be an accelerating pace, and while they may bring many benefits, they also pose significant risks and challenges.

Teresa Scassa’s work explores the interrelated concepts of ownership, control, and transparency in this rapidly evolving information context. She examines how claims to ownership of data and information are asserted, by whom, and on what basis; what rights exist to access to and use data in the hands of others; and how transparency in data-driven decision-making in both public and private sectors can be achieved.

Through her research, Teresa Scassa seeks to ensure the development of legal frameworks for data and information that are sensitive to the needs and concerns of multiple stakeholders, and that ensure appropriate levels of transparency and access in an increasingly data-driven society.


University Research Chairs
Colleen Flood – University Research Chair in Health Law and Policy

Professor Flood’s research program aims to provide courts and government decision makers with a greater understanding of the implications and complexities of a two-tiered health system.  She is building on her existing platform of scholarship to create a database of all extant laws and policies impacting two-tier health care in all 13 Canadian provinces and in Australia, France and the Netherlands.  Professor Flood seeks to identify optimal regulation and policy for ensuring that physicians have sufficient incentive to treat publicly-funded patients on a timely and equitable basis. Her comparative research analyzes the impact of alternative ways of progressively financing health care to respond to key policy objectives like access, quality and cost.  


François Larocque – Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights

Professor François Larocque’s research program aims to advance knowledge in the field of language rights and to contribute concretely to the development of legal standards related to language in Canada. His research analyzes the legal protection of minority language communities and their institutions, particularly with respect to the development and interpretation of constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential statutes. His research primarily addresses French language rights, but also incorporates Aboriginal languages.


Tracey Lindberg – University Research Chair in Indigenous Laws, Legal Orders and Traditions

Professor Lindberg’s research program builds upon the legal philosophies and principles of four participatory groups which retain and practice their inherent Indigenous laws, legal orders and traditions.  The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as electoral promises made by the current Canadian government, necessitate research that defines the parameters of self-determination, community, and political and legal institutions.  Researching and unpacking the inherent laws, legal orders and traditions that support and strengthen Indigenous governance will allow Professor Lindberg to study, understand and write about the notion of inherency and laws embedded in the land of Indigenous Nations, Communities and Societies.  Bolstered by her international stature as a researcher and writer, the program represents a unique opportunity for academic comparative analysis of Indigenous laws of governance and citizenship. 


Paul Daly – University Research Chair in Administrative Law and Governance

Professor Daly’s research programme aims to advance knowledge in the field of administrative law, developing principles to ensure that Canada’s administrative agencies work effectively and justly for the benefit of all Canadians. Canadians across the country are affected every day by administrative agencies. These bodies make thousands of decisions on everything from setting a fair price for electricity, to the amount of French-language content on cable television, to life-or-death matters such as whether and how refugees can settle in Canada. Dr. Daly’s research explores how these agencies can act reasonably and fairly as they interpret and use their vast powers.


Endowed Research Chairs and Professorships
Angela Cameron – The Shirley Greenberg Professor of Women and the Legal Profession

The Greenberg Chair is designed to strengthen teaching, research and mentorship with respect to feminist perspectives on the law. It is also designed to maintain and foster links between women in the legal academy and women in the legal profession. 


Jennifer Chandler – Bertram Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation

The Bertram Loeb Chair at the University of Ottawa is the first academic chair in the world dedicated to research in the field of organ and tissue donation. Initiated in 2006 by its benefactor Bertram Loeb and the Bertram Loeb Organ and Tissue Donation Institute, the Chair promotes and supports an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the issues surrounding organ donation and transplantation.  An expert in the study of the law and ethics of emerging biomedical technology, Professor Jennifer Chandler is known nationally and internationally for her ground-breaking work in the areas of organ and tissue donation law, ethics and policy, as well as the legal and ethical implications of the brain sciences.


J. Anthony VanDuzer – Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law

The Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law promotes international law at the University of Ottawa by supporting students and faculty. Working in collaboration with the Faculty of Law’s International Law Group, the Chair seeks to provide opportunities for students, professors, alumni and the international law community to engage, learn and be inspired by leading experts in the field. Professor VanDuzer’s main area of interest is international trade and investment. He has been a member of the Academic Advisory Council to the Deputy Minister for International Trade and participated in technical assistance projects relating to business and trade law in developing economies, including Armenia, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam. He is a co-chair of the Faculty’s International Law Group and an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.   


Hyman Soloway Chair:

John Packer – Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution

The Neuberger-Jesin International Conflict Resolution Professorship was created thanks to a generous gift by spouses Edie Neuberger and Norm Jesin, who attended the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section together and graduated in 1981. The Neuberger-Jesin Professor is active as a conflict resolution expert internationally and engages students from uOttawa in such work to enhance their own training in resolution, mediation and arbitration of international conflicts. The Neuberger-Jesin Professor also operates a clinical course in international conflict resolution as part of an international mediation lab under the auspices of the professorship. Professor John Packer is the Director of the University’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC). He is an experienced practitioner bringing to the University of Ottawa some 20 years working for inter-governmental organizations, including for the United Nations and the OSCE.


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