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Conference Call for Papers: From Inequality to Justice: Law and Ethics of AI & Technology
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The Law and Technology Institute is holding a Conference, "From Inequality to Justice: Law and Ethics of AI & Technology" from June 16-17 2023. Notification of selected papers will be by March 15 and final papers should be received by May 15. Paper length should be between 7,000-15,000 words. If you are interested in submitted a paper, please see here. To go to the Conference website and to register, please see here.


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 Suzie Dunn. New LATI Member.
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Suzie Dunn is an Assistant Professor in Law & Technology for 2021-2022. She will teach Contracts and Law and Technology in the first semester, and Contracts and Intellectual Property in the second term. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. While at the University of Ottawa, she acted as a part-time professor where she taught Contracts Law and the Law of Images. She was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship for her research which centers on the intersections of equality, technology and the law, with a specific focus on technology-facilitated violence, deepfakes, and impersonation in digital spaces. She will also coach the Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property moot team. You can find her on Twitter @SuzieMDunn or visit her website at

"I'm looking forward to working with the law and technology faculty and students at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law," says Dunn. "Nova Scotia has a rich legal history in addressing technology-facilitated harms, and I hope to contribute to that work during my time here.


Get to know...Amanda Turnbull. New LATI Member.
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Amanda Turnbull is a PhD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her doctoral research entitled, “The Algorithmic Turn,” contributes to the investigation of the pitfalls and possibilities that Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms pose for law as they begin to replace human decision-makers. More specifically, her research interests include law and technology, contracts, the philosophy of law and legal theory. Her most recent publications focus on the global “onlife” implications of the Algorithmic Turn in society—those that are positioned beyond the increasingly artificial distinction between the online and offline worlds.

Amanda began her career in the discipline of the Arts working as a music teacher and performer before embarking on her path to law. She is an interdisciplinary scholar committed to fostering dynamic thinking in our increasingly complex and globalized world where legal problems are becoming much more than problems about law.

Amanda has a diploma in Applied Music (flute), an ARCT (flute performance), a BA (Ottawa), and an MA (Carleton). This year, she is a sessional professor in the Ethics, Law & Society program at Trinity College (University of Toronto). Previously, she taught a section of a philosophy course at York University (2019-21). Amanda is also a former Assistant Dean of the Juris Doctor Program at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, a position that she held for over eight years.


Get to know...Matthew Dylag. New LATI Member.
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Matthew Dylag is an access to justice scholar with a particular interest in how emerging technologies are being integrated into the justice sector. He obtained his PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining Dalhousie, he was a Max Weber Fellow in Law at the European University Institute where he was researching the growing use of artificial intelligence within the legal services market and the effect of this phenomena on equality and fairness. As well as law and technology, Matthew is also interested in issues surrounding democratic governance and the rule of law, equality and human rights, and research methodologies.


  • 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!