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 May 1, 2015):


April 27, 2015

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

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


Geist slides

Zarsky slides

April 28, 2015

10:15 – 11:30: Tour of Parliament Buildings.  Meet at Centre Block

16:00 – 19:00 (FTX 102)

Internet Governance


Geist slides


April 29, 2015

9:45 – 11:00: Supreme Court of Canada tour, meeting with Justice Marshall Rothstein

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Guest lecture: Byron Holland, CEO, Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Guest lecture: Rob Hall, CEO, Momentous Corp.

Presentation on DeNardis, The Global War for Internet Governance


April 30, 2015

10:15 – 11:30 (Ambassador’s Residence: 412 Lansdowne Road North)

Breakfast Meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Canada Rafael Barak

13:00 – 16:00 (FTX 102)

Privacy Law, Canada

Guest lecturer: Chantal Bernier, Former Acting Privacy Commissioner of Canada


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

Guest lecturer: Professor Ian Kerr, University of Ottawa




May 2 – 4, 2015
 - Travel to Israel


May 5, 2015

11:00 – 12:00 – Campus Tour for Ottawa students, meet at Room 3024, Terrace Building

12:00 – 15:00 (Room 629, Main Building)

Global policy and tensions on privacy
Europe data regulation



16:00 – 18:00 (Eschol Room, University Tower)

Geist keynote at Women in the Net Symposium

May 6, 2015

16:00 – 19:00 (Room 1006, Terrace Building)

Presentation on Richards, Intellectual Privacy

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


May 7, 2015

9:00 – 12:00 (Room 3021, Terrace Building)

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 3021, Terrace Building)

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.

Heseg Foundation

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)