Global Technology Law

Global Technology Law and Policy: Spring 2017

Global Technology Law and Policy is an intensive three-week seminar that examines the development of global technology and intellectual property policy. The course is a joint initiative of the University of Ottawa and the University of Haifa with ten students from each university participating. The first part of the course will be held in Ottawa with five classes focused on Internet governance and privacy. Classes will also feature several guest lectures and academic site visits. Students will then transfer to the University of Haifa, where classes will continue on the development on policies on intellectual property, Internet governance, cyber-security and privacy.

Student Presentation Groups

DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance: Lichterman, Mazali, Acevedo, Galloway

Deibert, Black Code: Zagagy, Peer, Dunn, Kwan

Schneier, Data and Goliath: Segalovich, Lieberman, So, Jain

Bamberger and Mulligan, Privacy on the Ground: Tahell Cohen, Gorlick, Moores, Troshchynsky

Drahos, Information Feudalism: Elijahu, Baruch, Yu, Carter


Course Schedule (Draft Subject to Change – as of May 18, 2017):


May 3, 2017

15:00 – 18:00 (FTX 102)

Introduction to course and participants.  Overview of global technology law and policy making.

Guest lecture (16:30 – 18:00): Jacob Glick, Distinguished Executive Fellow in Residence, Centre for Law, Technology and Society, University of Ottawa



May 4, 2017

8:30 am – tour of Parliament. Meet at Centre Block at 8:20.

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Internet Governance


18:00:  Reception at Michael Geist’s house


May 5, 2017

9:00 – 12:00 (FTX 102)

Internet governance

Student presentation on DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance

12:00 – 1:30 – site visit to Shopify, 150 Elgin Street


May 8, 2017

9:00 – 10:30: Geist keynote at CALL Conference, Delta Hotel, 101 Lyon Street

11:00 – 12:30: Visit to the Supreme Court of Canada and meeting with Justice Michael Moldaver

13:30 – 16:30 (FTX 102)

Privacy introduction

Guest lecture (14:00 – 14:30): Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University

Guest lecture (15:30 – 16:30): Chantal Bernier, former Acting Privacy Commissioner of Canada



May 9, 2017

8:30 – 11:45 (FTX 102)

Guest lecturer: Israeli Ambassador to Canada Nimrod Barkan (8:30, breakfast will be served)

Orientation on Israel

Student presentation on Deibert, Black Code


May 10 – 11, 2017 – Travel to Israel


May 12, 2017

9:15 – 12:00 (Room 3021)

Privacy and surveillance

Student presentation on Schneier, Data and Goliath



May 13, 2017 – Free Day – Sabbath

May 14, 2017

13:30 – 16:30 (Room 3044)

Guest lecture: Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University

Student presentation on Bamberger and Mulligan, Privacy on the Ground



May 15, 2017

Trip to Jerusalem

8:45: Meet at the hotel for departure to Jerusalem

11:00: Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, lunch

14:30: Visit Israeli Supreme Court, meet with Supreme Court justice

16:30: Departure to Haifa

18:30: Arrive in Haifa


May 16, 2017

Students to meet in Tel Aviv.

11:30: Meeting at Grey Israel (Menachem Begin 50) for meeting on new media advertising

15:00: Meeting at Hertzog, Neeman, Fox (Weitzman 4) for presentation on cyber-security

Student presentation on Drahos, Information Feudalism



May 17, 2017

9:15 – 12:00 (Room 3044)

Intellectual Property Pressures: TPP, SOPA, ACTA, bi-lateral trade

Future of Intellectual property policy making



Geist – privacy

Geist – IP