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Nouvelles orientations en droit & technologie—New Directions for Law & Tech

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Nouvelles orientations en droit et technologie | New Directions for Law and Tech

La Revue de droit d’Ottawa tiendra un colloque académique d’une durée d’un jour : Nouvelles orientations en droit et technologie. Étudiants, académiciens et juristes sont invités à participer à l’évènement, dont plus d’une centaine y ont participé lors des années antérieures. Le colloque traitera l’évolution du droit dans le contexte des avancées rapides en technologie : l’identification et l’analyse des nouveaux défis et de l’orientation du droit à la vie privée, la protection du consommateur, du droit pénal ainsi que l’accès à la justice. Le colloque présentera des panels d’experts au sujet des Algorithmes et le droit; des Libertés civiles et la technologie; et de la Justice sociale et la technologie. Le discours liminaire sera prononcé par l’honorable Marshall Rothstein, ancien juge puîné à la Cour suprême du Canada.

The Ottawa Law Review is hosting a one-day academic symposium, New Directions for Law and Tech. The event is open to students, academics, and practitioners, with over one-hundred people having attended in previous years. The Symposium seeks to reflect on the evolution of law in the face of technology’s rapid advancement—to identify and assess new challenges and directions for privacy, consumer protection, criminal law, and access to justice. Specifically, the symposium will feature expert panels on Algorithms & Law; Civil Liberties & Technology; and Social Justice & Technology. The keynote address will be delivered by The Honourable Marshall Rothstein, former justice at the Supreme Court of Canada.


Horaire –– le 7 mars 2018

8h00 – 9h00 Enregistrement et petit déjeuner

9h00 – 9h15 Mots de Bienvenue

9h15 – 10h15 Discours liminaire

10h15 – 10h30 Pause

10h30 – 12h00 1ère Table ronde : La justice sociale et la technologie

12h00 – 13h00 Déjeuner*

13h00 – 14h30 2e Table ronde : Les libertés civiles et la technologie

14h30 – 14h45 Pause

14h45 – 16h15 3e Table ronde : Les algorithmes et le droit

16h15 – 16h30 Discours de clôture par le Dr. Kirkup et le Dr. Martin-Bariteau, les Co-présidents de la faculté du colloque de la Revue de droit d’Ottawa

Schedule –– March 7, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming Remarks

9:15 – 10:15 Keynote Address: The Honourable Marshall Rothstein, former justice at the Supreme Court of Canada

10:15 – 10:30 Morning Break

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 1: Social Justice & Technology

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch*

13:00 – 14:30 Panel 2: Civil Liberties & Technology

14:30 – 14:45 Afternoon Break

14:45 – 16:15 Panel 3: Algorithms & Law

16:15 – 16:30 Closing Remarks by Dr. Kirkup and Dr. Martin-Bariteau, Ottawa Law Review Symposium Faculty Co-Chairs

*Please email any dietary restrictions to rdo-olr.symposium@uottawa.ca, with "Dietary Restrictions" in the subject line, before February 25, 2018. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated after that date.



Speakers and Presentation Topics

Panel 1: Social Justice & Technology

Karine Gentelet, Assistant Professor, Université du Québec en Outaouais – Faculty of Social Science, Nathalie Casemajor, Assistant Professor, Institut national de la recherché scientifique, Cécile Niquay-Ottawa & Thérèse Ottawa: “First Nations on Wikipedia: Language Revitalization, Traditional Knowledge, and Open Licenses”

This presentation examines the opportunities and challenges of developing Indigenous content in the Wikimedia environment. The presentation will discuss the opportunities available to the Atikamekw nation in developing language revitalization in the Wikimedia context; the creation of new Atikamekw words to describe digital environments; and the combination of free licenses and protecting sensitive material.

Marina Pavlovic, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section & Selena Lucien, JD Candidate (2019), University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section: “Market Disruption or Market Equalization: Legal Expert Systems for Consumer Empowerment and Access to Justice”

Despite frequent anecdotal and media accounts of consumer problems with various goods and services, a number of studies conclude that by and large consumers are unaware of their rights. This presentation critically assesses whether knowledge engineering and artificial intelligence, seen as disruptive technologies in the provision of legal information, can facilitate access to relevant legal information and empower consumers to know about their rights and resolve problems.

Amy Salyzyn, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section: “Access to Justice, Access to Apps?”

Access to justice is a pressing issue in Canada; citizens who belong to marginalized, equality-seeking, or remote communities experience this crisis particularly acutely. Technology has been identified as key means to create new pathways to accessing justice, such as through web-based applications. This presentation will canvass the landscape of legal apps now available in Canada and discuss research regarding the opportunities and risks.

Panel 2: Civil Liberties & Technology

Jane Bailey, Full Professor, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section: “Technologically-Facilitated Violence Against Women and Girls (TFVAWG): Is Canadian Criminal Law Responding?”

TFVAWG can take many forms, from teachers secretly recording female students with pen cams (R v Jarvis) to vindictive ex-partners distributing intimate images of their former spouses without consent. While numerous Criminal Code provisions can be applied to TFVAWG, inadequate police responses, failures to prosecute, and acquittals in cases such as Jarvis have made us to question whether criminal law can adequately respond. This presentation provides an overview of related Canadian criminal case law, highlighting the barriers to achieving survivor-centred outcomes in these cases.

Karen Eltis, Professeure titulaire, Université d’Ottawa – Faculté de droit, Section de droit civil : « AI and Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age/L'Intelligence artificielle et la liberté d'expression dans l'ère numérique »

Alors que les limites raisonnables étaient fixées par les tribunaux, dans l’ère numérique, il incombe de plus en plus aux plateformes privées (de provenance Américaine et faisant écho de ces valeurs) d’imposer de telles limites et ce en vertu d’un processus qui manque souvent de transparence et de surveillance judiciaire. Mon hypothèse est que le cadre normatif doit être revisité à la lumière de l’innovation pour protéger les valeurs démocratiques.

Teresa Scassa, Full Professor and Chair in Information Law, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section: “Transparent Privacy”

As big data society evolves, transparency takes on new significance as a tool for managing privacy in the face of massive collection and use of personal information. This presentation explores how a robust concept of transparency is central to effective data protection and identifies ways in which transparency values can shape legislative reform.

Pierre-Luc Déziel, Professeur adjoint, Université Laval – Faculté de droit: « La vie privée groupale au Canada : quel rôle pour le droit à la protection des données personnelles ? »

Au cours des dernières années, certaines techniques de forage et de couplage de données ont permis l'avènement de nouvelles formes d'atteintes à la vie privée, des atteintes qui touchent les groupes de personnes. Ces nouvelles menaces à la vie privée émergent dans le contexte de la génomique et des groupes génétiques. Bien que de nouvelles lois sur la non-discrimination génétique furent récemment adoptées dans plusieurs pays, il convient de s'interroger sur le rôle que le droit à la vie privée peut et devrait jouer dans un tel contexte.

Bita Amani, Associate Professor, Queen’s University – Faculty of Law: “Authoring Identity: Copyright, Privacy, and Commodity Dissonance in the Digital Age”

In the age of wearable computing and instantaneous photography, copyright law will inevitably have a role to play in protecting the authoring of identity by protecting the expressive artifacts through which we build identity. It is privacy law, however, that will bring into the spotlight, and under sharp relief, the commodity dissonance of the digital age. Now confronted by the growing capacity of AI as reader, AI as author, AI as obfuscating researcher, and unauthorized editor, how and through what regulatory structures might the law appropriately grant us the authority to author the author? By corollary, how are we to author our own identities—our most important and carefully constructed work?

Panel 3: Algorithms & Law

Wolfgang Alschner, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section: “Mapping the Law: How Algorithms Revolutionize Legal Document Analysis”

When thousands of case files, decisions, or clauses need to be digested, reading—lawyers’ preferred approach—ceases to be a viable strategy. In this context, algorithms can revolutionize legal document analysis. Deploying algorithms to map the law reduces legal complexity, making it easier for legal practitioners to find relevant information, thereby revolutionizing legal document analysis in the process.

Anthony Niblett, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Law, Economics, & Innovation, University of Toronto – Faculty of Law: “Using Numbers to Describe, Explain, and Predict Law”

This presentation explores when law can be described and explained with data. Using numbers and data produces more accurate and precise predictions of the effects of law, enabling lawmakers to tailor laws. I explore which fields of law are better positioned to be affected by a data revolution and which fields are less conducive to being affected in this way.

Florian Martin-Bariteau, Assistant Professor and Director of the Centre for Law, Technology, and Society, Université d’Ottawa – Faculty of Law, Common Law Section : « Le droit canadien face aux cryptomonnaies »

Le bitcoin et les autres devises virtuelles alternatives, dont la création et la gestion sont décentralisées, ont remis en question un certain nombre de principes traditionnels du monde financier et bancaire. La contribution mettra en évidence un cadre juridique cohérent pour le bitcoin, adapté à sa réalité socio-économique et à celle de la technologie de la blockchain.

Amìr Korhani & Laura Garcia, PhD Candidates, University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law: "Blockchain Technology in Canada’s International Assistance Efforts: An Assessment of Regulatory Challenges"

This presentation, in analyzing the laws and policies around international assistance, examines the use of blockchain technology to facilitate international assistance efforts. In so doing, the presentation aims to illustrate that blockchain technology, though useful in some respects, may fail to achieve desired results if not used in accordance with legal and international principles.


Information for Practitioners: Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Law Society of Ontario

Ce programme est admissible à 5 heures de formation professionnelle continue (heures de droit) pour le Barreau de l’Ontario (via la Faculté de droit, Section de common law).

This program qualifies for 5 Substantive Hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the Law Society of Ontario (through the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section).

Barreau du Québec et Chambre des notaires du Québec

Ce programme est accrédité par un dispensateur reconnu pour 5 heures de formation continue obligatoire du Barreau du Québec et de la Chambre des notaires du Québec (via la Faculté de droit, Section de droit civil).

This program is accredited by a recognized provider for 5 Hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for the Barreau du Québec and the Chambre des notaires du Québec (through the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section).


Hébergement | Hotel Accommodations

Nous invitons les participants provenant de l'extérieur de la ville d'Ottawa de réserver leur hébergement au Lord Elgin, en utilisant le taux offert par de l'Université d'Ottawa. Afin de réserver une chambre, s'il vous plaît contactez reservations@lordelgin.ca ou 1-800-267-4298 / 613-235-3333 et demandez le rabais de 15% octroyé à l'Université d'Ottawa. Le rabais dépend de la disponibilité des chambres.

We invite out-of-town symposium attendees to book accommodation at the Lord Elgin hotel using the University of Ottawa rate. To reserve a room, please contact reservations@lordelgin.ca or 1-800-267-4298 / 613-235-3333 and ask for the University of Ottawa 15% discount. The discount is based on availability.


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