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Level: Upper year

Class Schedule



Global Technology Law and Policy is an intensive three-week seminar that examines the development of global technology law policy. The course is a joint initiative of the University of Ottawa and the University of Haifa with ten students from each university participating. Students from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy may also participate.

The course is scheduled to run from April 26, 2021 to May 13, 2021 with ten students from the University of Ottawa, ten students from the University of Haifa, and up to five Bocconi University students. Classes will run for one week in Ottawa and ten days in Haifa, including class visits to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

The first week of the course will be conducted in Ottawa with Israeli students participating via videoconference technology in real time. The first week of the course will include discussion on Internet governance and privacy issues, guest lecturers, and initial group work between students in both countries. The course will also include a lecture on the Israeli historical and political background as well as introduction to the economy and the role of technology.

All students will then travel to Israel for a continuation of classes on privacy and intellectual property issues, group presentations, and guest lecturers including Israeli lawyers and government officials. The trip will also include visits to Jerusalem (which will include a meeting with an Israeli Supreme Court justice) and Tel Aviv.

In the event that public health precludes travel and in-class participation, the course will be conducted by distance learning.

All University of Ottawa students will receive a bursary to support related travel costs. The precise amount of the bursary will be confirmed in February 2021, but is expected to be at least $1,000 per student.

The course credit can be applied for the 2021-22 academic year in either the fall or winter semesters. No additional fees are required.

Teaching Method:


Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this class:

Lectures, guest speakers, on-site visits, group work

Major Paper

Students can complete a major paper in the context of this class.

Additional Requirements or Recommendations:

To be considered, the following should be submitted to Professor Geist via hard copy or e-mail (mgeist@uottawa.ca):
- Statement of interest
- Curriculum vitae including e-mail contact information
- Law School transcript

The submission deadline for consideration for the course is February 1, 2021. If the number of applicants exceeds class size, admission preference will be given to upper year and graduate students as well as those students who have completed at least one technology law (IP or Internet law) course.

More information on recent courses at http://www.michaelgeist.ca/global-technology-law/

Materials Used:

Most readings will be made available through the course website. All students will be asked to purchase and read one book on technology law policy as part of a group presentation to the class.

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

30% - group class presentation
70% - final paper. Topic due by May 31, 2021. Final paper due by September 6, 2021.


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

Exam duration:


Method of evaluation for graduate students:

Graduate students are expected to submit a longer final paper than would be expected of JD students.