Global Technology Law

Global Technology Law and Policy: Spring 2015

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 week of the course will be held in Ottawa with five classes focused on global technology law institutions including the World Intellectual Property Organization, ICANN, the ITU, and the OECD. Classes will also feature several guest lectures and academic site visits. Students will transfer after the first week to the University of Haifa, where classes will continue during weeks two and three on the global institutions and the development on policies on intellectual property, Internet governance, and privacy.  Students will form project groups to focus on a single specific policy issue and present their findings to the class in the final week of classes.

Student Presentation Groups

DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance: Colbert, Widdowson, Granot, Pi-ell

Deibert, Black Code: Pantis, Martinez, Elfassy, Pletinsky

Richards, Intellectual Privacy: Falkenstein, Ashurov, Pinhas, Ben-David

Bennett and Raab, The Governance of Privacy: Madzingo, Ormond, Hadaya, Nehemya

Drahos, Information Feudalism: Sivasothy, Sully, Youseri, Toby


Course Schedule (Draft Subject to Change – as of March 17, 2015):


April 27, 2015

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

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


April 28, 2015

16:00 – 19:00 (FTX 102)

Internet Governance


April 29, 2015

10:00 – 12:00: Supreme Court of Canada tour, meeting with Justice Marshall Rothstein

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Presentation on DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance

Privacy Law, Canada


April 30, 2015

10:00 – 12:00 (Ambassador’s Residence: 412 Lansdowne Road North)

Breakfast Meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Privacy Law, Israel


18:30 pm: Sports Night in Canada, Real Sports Bar and Grill, 90 George Street (Byward Market)

May 1, 2015

9:00 – 12:00 (FTX 102)

Presentation on Deibert, Black Code

Global privacy and surveillance


May 2 – 4, 2015
 - Travel to Israel


May 5, 2015

12:00 – 15:00 (Room TBD)

Global policy and tensions on privacy
Europe data regulation


16:00 – 18:00 (Room TBD)

Geist keynote at Women in the Net Symposium

May 6, 2015

12:00 – 15:00 (Room TBD)

Presentation on Richards, Intellectual Privacy

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



May 7, 2015

9:00 – 12:00 (Room TBD)

Student Presentation on Bennett and Raab, Governance of Privacy

Student presentation on Drahos, Information Feudalism

Future of Intellectual property policy making



17:45 – 19:45 (Room TBD)

Guest lectures by Professor Niva Elkin Koren and Michael Geist on intellectual property

Reception to follow

May 8 – 9, 2015 – Free Days

May 10, 2015

Trip to Tel Aviv.  Internet advertising, intellectual property and privacy/security discussions.

Meeting at Grey Israel.

Meeting at Herzog, Fox & Neeman.

Walking tour of Tel Aviv.

May 11, 2015

Trip to Jerusalem.

Tour of Israel Museum including the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Tour of  Supreme Court of Israel and meeting with Justice Daphne Barak-Erez.

Depart hotel at 8:00

Return approx 20:00 (students can be dropped off at airport or stay on in Jerusalem if preferred)