Regulation of Internet Commerce

Course Information – January Term 2024 


This seminar will analyze the legal challenges posed by the Internet to the traditional commercial legal framework. This survey course will cover a wide range of issues including Internet jurisdiction, online contracting, cross-border data transfers, digital copyright, digital trade, and the regulation of Internet platforms. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Technical knowledge or background is not required.

Course Format

The class will meet daily from 13:00 – 15:50.  Our first two classes (January 4th and 5th) will be conducted online. The remaining classes will be held in person. In advance of the class, students will be expected to prepare by reading some light readings and listen to an applicable podcast. All materials will be freely available online. There is no text to purchase.

Classes will typically include some initial group breakout discussions followed by a full group lecture. Some classes will also feature a guest discussant.

While this page includes the course schedule, please consult the University’s Brightspace course website for links to the course lectures and the password and links for the Zoom classes.

Course Evaluation

Students will have a choice of either taking a 100% final take-home exam or writing a 100% paper on a topic related to the course.

Students who plan to write a 100% paper please discuss as soon as possible with Professor Geist given the short, intensive approach during January term.

Course Schedule (subject to change) [last updated: January 9, 2024]

January 4, 2024 – Introduction to Internet Law and Policy


January 9, 2024 – Internet Governance



Guest: Jacob Glick, Telus

January 10, 2024 – Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Localization


Guest: Chantal Bernier, Dentons
January 11, 2024 – Digital Copyright 

January 12, 2024 – Digital Trade



Guest: Michele Austin, Bell

January 15, 2024 – Platform Regulation: Content



Guest: Steve de Eyre, TikTok

January 16, 2024 – Platform Regulation: Competition



Guest: Janette Patel, Google/Youtube

January 18, 2024 – Platform Regulation: News

January 22, 2024 – Final Take Home Exam/Paper Due