Global Technology Law and Policy

Global Technology Law and Policy: Spring 2024 (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 AI rules, cyber-security, privacy and platform regulation.

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

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

Tentative Course Schedule (as of May 15, 2024)

April 30: Ottawa

14:00 – 17:00

  • Intro to each other and the course
  • Geist lecture on Canadian digital policy with emphasis on Bill C-11 – SLIDES
  • Packin lecture – SLIDES


May 1: Ottawa

10:00 – 12:15

  • Online News
    • Geist lecture on Bill C-18
  • Jacob Glick, Head of Public Policy, Amazon Canada

13:30 – 16:00 – Senate of Canada, 2 Rideau Street

  • Visit to the Senate of Canada
  • Meeting with Senator Leo Housakos

18:00: Reception at Michael Geist’s house


May 2: Ottawa

10:45 – 12:30

14:00 – 16:30

  • Platform regulation panel: Jeanette Patel, Google and Steve de Eyre, TikTok
  • Manderieux lecture: AI and IP – SLIDES

17:30 – Reception for course participants and alumni


  1. Abbott R., I Think, Therefore I Invent: Creative Computers and the Future of Patent Law, in Boston College Law Review, 2016, vol. 57, issue 4, p. 1094 available at;
  2. Ben Buchanan, The AI Triad and What It Means for National Security Strategy (2020), Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, available at ;
  3. Lim PH and Li PH, Artificial intelligence and inventorship: patently much ado in the computer program  (2022) 17(4) Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 376-386 available at;

May 3: Ottawa

10:00 – 12:00


Jasper Doomen, The Artificial Intelligence Entity as a Legal Person, 32 Info. & Commc’ns Tech. L. 3 (2023),

13:30 – 16:00


May 4 and 5: Travel to New York

May 6: New York

11:30: Light brunch

12:00 – 15:00

  • AI / Automation, Consumers and Regulation
    • Packin Lecture – SLIDES
    • Geist lecture on AI Regulation – SLIDES 
    • Guest lecture: Sharon Weisman guest lecture: AI in Trademarks and Licensing — the Next Frontier – SLIDES

17:30:  Optional visit to Nova Music Festival Exhibit 


May 7:  New York


16:00 – 17:30: Visit to NY law firm Pearl Cohen, Times Square Tower, 19th Floor


May 8:  New York

10:00 – 13:00

20:00: McKinsey & Company reception, 3 World Trade Center, 175 Greenwich Street


May 9: New York

10:00 – 13:00

15:00: The Jewish Museum tour

May 10: New York


  • Sean Stein Smith guest lecture – AI/Crypto, Auditing and Cyber Concerns – SLIDES
  • Hila Cohen, Deputy Head of the global innovation function of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) – SLIDES
  • Geist and Packin Wrap-up

15:00: Optional visit to TechDay Expo

Groups for Presentations/Book Reports

1.     “Be Right Back” (S2, E1)
2.     “Crocodile” (S4, E3)
3.     “Shut Up and Dance” (S3, E3)
4.     “Hated in the Nation” (S3, E6)
5.     “Hang the DJ” (S4, E4)