Global Technology Law and Policy

Global Technology Law and Policy: Spring 2023 (CML3351)

Global Technology Law and Policy is an intensive seminar that is a collective initiative of the University of Ottawa, the University of Haifa, and Bocconi University in Milan with a selection of students from each university. This year’s course will take place in person in Ottawa and Haifa. The course focus for the year will be on a range of technology law and policy issues including privacy, IP, AI rules, and platform regulation.

Classes will feature lectures, group work, and guest lecturers. Students will also be assigned to one of four groups for a book report presentation during the course.

Thanks to Canadian Friends of Haifa University and the Hugh Verrier Rule of Law Research and Education Development Fund for their support for this course.

Tentative Course Schedule (as of May 3, 2023, remains subject to change)

May 1: Ottawa

13:00 – 16:00 – Room FTX 102

May 2: Ottawa

9:00 – 10:00, Senate Transportation and Communications Committee Hearing

  • Bill C-18 hearing
    • In person: Senate of Canada Building, 2 Rideau St., Ottawa, Ontario
      Room B45
    • Stream

11:30 – 14:30, Room FTX 102

18:00: Reception at Michael Geist’s house

May 3: Ottawa

10:30 – 12:00, Room FTX 102

  • Haber, Regulating IoT (continued)
  • Geist, Canadian privacy regulation: intro to rules and policy

13:40: Meet at the Senate, attend Senate debates in gallery, meeting with Senator Simons

May 4: Ottawa

10:00 – 12:45, Room FTX 102

  • Haber, Recognition Technology 
  • Internet platform regulation panel:
    • Colin McKay, Google
    • Kevin Chan, Meta
    • Steve de Eyre, TikTok

14:15: Visit to the Supreme Court of Canada, meeting with Justice Nicholas Kasirer

May 5: Ottawa

9:00 – 11:45, Room FTX 102

May 6 and 7: Travel to Israel

May 8: Haifa

15:00-18:00, Room 3044

  • Haber, Metaverse and legal challenges
  • Geist, Internet governance and regulation 
    • Readings: TBD

May 9:  Haifa

10:00-13:00, Room 3044

May 10:  Haifa

10:00-13:30, Room 3044 

  • Haber, Lawful hacking
  • Third group presentation (Lobel)
  • Fourth group presentation (Darling)

May 11: Tel Aviv

FISCHER (FBC & Co.) Law Firm

(146 Menachem Begin Rd., Tel Aviv 6492103)

  • 10:00-11:00: Gilad Semama, Commissioner of the Privacy Protection Authority, on the challenges of the privacy authority in Israel
  • 11:00-12:00: Adv. Amit Ashkenazi, Former Legal Advisor of The Israel National Cyber Directorate, on “Cybersecurity policy 3.0: opportunities and challenges”
  • 12:00-13:00: Dr. Omri Rachum-Twaig, Partner (FBC & Co.), on practice in the field of law and technology

May 12: Haifa

10:00-13:00, Room 3044 



12:00 – 13:00 – Group discussion on global technology law and policy

May 13: Shabbat (no class)

May 14 – Jerusalem

9:20 – 12:00: Yad Vashem visit (mandatory for Canadian and Bocconi students)

12:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Tour of the Israel Supreme Court

15:00 – Meeting Supreme Court Justice Ofer Grosskopf


Groups for Presentations/Book Reports

1. Danielle Citron, The Fight for Privacy (2022)

Presentation Date: May 5th


2. Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence (2021)

Presentation Date: May 9th


3. Orly Lobel, The Equality Machine: Harnessing Digital Technology for a Brighter, More Inclusive Future (2022)

Presentation Date: May 10th


4. Kate Darling, The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots (2021)

Presentation Date: May 10th