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I teach a variety of law and technology courses at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

A list of the courses I have taught in the past are included below.

CML 3316 - Technology Law Internship (3 Credits)

 Prerequisite(s): Technology Law course (including any Intellectual Property or Internet law course)

Teaching Method: Internship

Method of Evaluation: Satisfactory / Non-Satisfactory

Course Objective(s): This course provides students with the opportunity to spend one day per week in a technology law environment. Through readings, observation, and work assignments, students will gain insight into daily practice and policy issues for lawyers working in the technology law field. Work will be completed under the direction of a supervising attorney and may include research projects as well as day-to-day contributions. Students will be required to maintain a log of their experience and submit it to Professor Geist along with any major research projects completed during the semester (subject to confidentiality restrictions). Students will receive a pass/fail grade at the end of the course based on the comments of their placement supervisor and the quality of the work submitted. Applicants must have completed at least one technology law course (including any Intellectual Property or Internet law course) prior to enrolment. To be considered for an internship, the following should be submitted to Professor Geist via hard copy or e-mail (mgeist@uottawa.ca):

  • Statement outlining technology law interest and experience
  • Curriculum vitae including e-mail contact information
  • Law School transcript

    Please see course selection guide for application deadlines and placement possibilities.

    Maximum Enrolment:15

    Schedule: To be determined

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Regulation of Internet Commerce CML 3358 (3 Credits)


Teaching Method: Lecture, discussion, online forum

Method of Evaluation: 100% final, 48 hour take-home exam

Course Objective(s): The emergence of the Internet as an im portant medium for commerce presents an array of new problems and opportunities for businesses, lawyers and government regulators. This course will consider the legal challenges presented by the Internet in incorporating traditional legal doctrine to the online business world.

The course will examine the following issues:

  • An introduction to the Internet including a review of the technology that underlies the Internet as well as an assessment of the power of government to regulate Internet economic activity with an emphasis on jurisdictional issues.
  • Intellectual property issues including digital copyright and domain name trademark disputes.
  • Commercial contracting including online contracts, shrinkwrap licensing, and digital signatures.
  • The issues raises by the online sale of goods and services including consumer protection, privacy, securities regulation and taxation.
  • Domain name and Internet governance.

    Students need not possess an extensive computer background in order to participate in the course.

    Maximum Enrolment: 60

    Schedule: Tuesday, 13:00 to 16:00

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CML 3316F - Technology Law Internship: University of Ottawa Technology Law Clinic (Winter 2004)

This course is taught by Michael Geist and Philippa Lawson. The course provides students with the opportunity to work in Canada's first technology law public interest clinic. Recently established at the University of Ottawa, the clinic will be engaged in advocacy and policy work related to a wide range of technology law issues including privacy, free speech, intellectual property rights, and e-commerce concerns. Clinic work will include:

  • Public advocacy including work on privacy claims, domain name disputes, and other public interest litigation.
  • Public policy advocacy including submissions on government policy consultations.
  • Public education initiatives including the development of web-based education materials and public reports.

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Electronic Commerce Law Workshop (Winter 2003 - 3 Credits)

The course, will work through the legal issues that arise in the course of developing an e-commerce startup company. The course is divided into four modules. Following an introduction to e-commerce and technology finance issues, we will engage in four three-week modules -- e-contracting, e-jurisdiction, privacy, and financing. The first class of each module will feature a substantive discussion of the key legal issues led by either Professor Geist or Chandler. The subsequent two classes will feature a panel of guest lecturers focusing first on policy issues and second on practical concerns. The course also features a webcast component with classes broadcast on the Internet. If you are interested in watching the classes in real-time or archived versions of past classes, see the course webcast page.
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