2023 Winter - CML4114JB - Selected Topics - Intensive Study of a Selected Legal Issue (Class Number: 1162)

Mindfulness and the Law

Professor(s): David Wiseman, Heather Lee Cross
Language: English
Units: 3
Level: Upper year

Class Schedule

2023 Winter
(January 04 - January 23)
SEMMon 09:00 - 11:50FTX416
2023 Winter
(January 04 - January 23)
SEMTue 09:00 - 11:50FTX416
2023 Winter
(January 04 - January 23)
SEMWed 09:00 - 11:50FTX416
2023 Winter
(January 04 - January 23)
SEMThu 09:00 - 11:50BRS314
2023 Winter
(January 04 - January 23)
SEMFri 09:00 - 11:50FTX416


The Law of Images will introduce students to a variety of laws related to the regulation of images. This will include canvasing legal issues related to artistic expression, personal photography, surveillance, and images created by modern technologies. The focus will be on Ontario and federal laws related to images including copyright, fraud, the appropriation of personality, voyeurism, obscenity, and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. While examining these laws students will explore the technological, social, and cultural events that led to the implementation of these laws, as well as other legal interests that interplay with regulating images, such as freedom of expression and public interest issues. Students will then explore novel legal questions stemming from the evolution of modern technologies such as deefakes, 3D robotics, synthetic media, and image sharing sites in order to speculate how laws related to images may evolve to address these issues.

A central focus of the class will to examine how images and the regulation of them have impacted equality seeking groups. Intersectional feminist and critical theories will be used to inform the lectures.

The objectives of this course are:

1. To understand the cultural, political, and social origins of laws that regulate images by considering what events lead to legal change;
2. To think critically about existing laws that regulate images and to begin to consider how these areas of law could evolve; and
3. To develop legal writing skills and apply legal theories and principles to the laws covered in the course.

Teaching Method:


Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this class:

This class will involve lectures, group discussions (both online and in class), written assignments, field trips, and student presentations. Students will be expected to engage in class discussions and will be graded on participation. Students will be given advanced notice if distance and/or online formats will be adopted in this term.

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Materials Used:

To be determined.

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

Students will be graded on participation, written assignments, and student presentations.


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

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