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Initio Technology & Innovation Law Clinic
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Based at the Schulich School of Law, initio helps technology startups seeking early stage legal information, while training law students to act and advise in innovation and startup matters.


Get to know...LATI Associate Director Lucie Guibault
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Professor Guibault's teaching and research focus on international and comparative intellectual property law. She has vast experience in those areas and, thanks to her 20 years as a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (where she’s still an honorary fellow), an extensive network of international contacts in the academic and scientific communities. Read the full article here.


Schulich School of Law featured in The Lawyer's Daily
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The Schulich School of Law was featured in the August 8, 2018, edition of The Lawyer's Daily report on Canadian law schools embracing technological change. Subscribers can read the full article here.


LATI Member Professor Emeritus Wayne MacKay featured in The Lawyer's Daily

Professor Emeritus Wayne MacKay was featured in the July 18, 2018, edition of The Lawyer's Daily commenting on access issues with Nova Scotia's new cybersafety laws. Subscribers can read the full article here.


LATI Director Jonathon Penney featured in WIRED Magazine

Professor Jonathon Penney’s research on surveillance and chilling effects on the privacy litigation challenge by the ACLU against the legality of NSA surveillance was highlighted in WIRED magazine’s June 28, 2018, edition. Read the full article here.


LATI welcomes new Associate Member Peter Dostal
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Professor Robert Currie, Director of the Law & Technology Institute, is pleased to announce that Peter Dostal (LLB ’07) has been appointed a LATI Associate Member. The Institute’s faculty and associates support the law school’s core curriculum with classes in information technology law issues, including Internet law, privacy law, information technology transactions, electronic commerce, and intellectual property. Read the full article here.


A new generation of cyber warfare?
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Throughout the afternoon of January 27, 2017, the panel of speakers at the 12th annual International Humanitarian Law Conference shared their expertise on the issues surrounding cyber warfare with around 80 people in Room 105 at the Schulich School of Law. Read the full article here.


The Law and Technology Institute is busy with policy work, publishing, and event planning for the upcoming school year
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Professor Robert Currie, the director of the Law and Technology Institute since 2011, has spent part of his summer planning speaker events for LATI for the upcoming year, including a Sessions@Schulich on electronic evidence and a symposium on privacy and surveillance. Read the full article here.



  • Eminent Speaker Series 2014-2015: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 207 of the Schulich School of Law. Technology and Police Investigation Powers: How the Yardsticks Have Moved, Michal Fairburn, Stockwoods LLP. Michal Fairburn is one of Canada's leading criminal lawyers. She has argued 25 appeals at the Supreme Court of Canada over the course of a career with both the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and in private practice. She is one of the most sought-after speakers in the field and regularly provides continuing education for the bar and judiciary.
  • Congratulations to LATI Director Rob Currie and Associate Director Steve Coughlan on the publication of Law Beyond Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in an Age of Globalization.  The book, published by the Irwin Law company is a review of the complex law relating to the exercise of jurisdiction by states over events which take place outside their borders, from a Canadian perspective. It generates a template of considerations for Canadian law- and policy-makers who may be considering using this form of jurisdictional reach, and also has a great deal of discussion regarding internet-based activities. The book is co-authored by Dr. Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law at the University of Ottawa (and former LATI Director), and Schulich Law Professor Emeritus Hugh Kindred.
  • Warmest congratulations to Schulich Law student Agathon Fric, who has won the Canadian Technology Law Association (IT.Can) Student Writing Contest for 2014. Agathon's paper, "Access of Evil? Legislating Online Youth Privacy in the Information Age" will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology.
  • We are pleased to announce that Schulich student and LATI research assistant James Foy has won the CBA's annual "Sword and Scale" Essay Prize, offered each year by the Military Law Section. James' paper was entitled "Autonomous Weapons Systems: Taking the Human out of International Humanitarian Law" and examined a cutting-edge military technology angle of international humanitarian law. You can read more about the paper and the prize here. Congratulations, James!
  • The Law & Technology Institute is pleased to congratulate our member and former Director, Professor Michael Deturbide, on winning the 2013 Walter Owen Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Literature. The second edition of the book Electronic Commerce and Internet Law in Canada (co-authored by Mike and former colleague Teresa Scassa) was the winner among a competitive field of excellent legal texts. The book has become an authoritative reference work in Canada and is also used in the teaching of law & tech-related courses, including our course offerings in Dal's Master of Electronic Commerce Program. Warmest best wishes! > Read more about Professor Deturbide's award
  • LATI Associate and part-time professor David Fraser has been consulted frequently by national and international media regarding Nova Scotia's new cyberbullying law, which is the first of its kind in the country and possibly the world. Check out some of David's local commentary here, a story from the Huffington Post here, and also consult his privacy law blog here.
  • The Rehtaeh Parsons case has generated a lot of strong feelings, in Halifax and all over the country. LATI Director Rob Currie recently commented on the prospect of vigilantism arising from the case in the Toronto Star.
  • LATI member Professor Steve Coughlan recently became Associate Director of the Institute, a post formerly held by Professor Michael Deturbide. Along with his administrative duties, Steve will now act as co-editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Law & Technology, along with LATI Director Rob Currie.
  • We are pleased to announce that Professor Jonathon Penney will be joining LATI as a faculty member when he takes up his teaching position at the Law School in July. Professor Penney is a graduate of Dalhousie and Columbia Law Schools, and is currently a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He has authored a number of publications in the areas of law & technology and intellectual property. Welcome, Jon!
  • Associate LATI member, David Fraser was quoted in front-page Lawyers Weekly story (8 June 2012): "Expression Rights for Union Upheld"
  • Rob Currie, "Law expert: Don't expect all the answers in espionage case", Chronicle Herald
  • Web Spies: commentary by Professor Currie appeared in a Macleans story about the Wikileaks “Spy Files” initiative, which deals with the regulation of companies who develop (and sell) online surveillance technology.
  • Professor Currie recently did a Q&A with CBC on the jurisdictional and logistical problems in internet defamation cases.
  • Michael Deturbide served as an expert witness to the Standing Committee of the House of Commons studying the issue of e-commerce.
  • LATI Associate member David Fraser was recently named one of Canada’s top 24 legal social media influencers.
  • New Director: Professor Rob Currie, who has been a member of the Institute since 2007, took over as Director on July 1.
  • LATI Faculty member, Professor Graham Reynolds, is currently on leave while he pursues doctoral studies at Oxford. Professor Reynolds was awarded a 2011 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship to support his doctoral project, which is entitled "A 'Charter Rights First' Approach to the Intersection of Freedom of Expression and Copyright." Congratulations Graham!