University Research Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context

at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society


The University of Ottawa Research Chair in Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context, held by Dr. Céline Castets-Renard, leads a research program into the social challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) from a legal perspective.

The Chair’s research program especially focuses on social inequalities, notably race, gender and intersectionality, with an aim to identify inequalities and promote technical and legal solutions to overcome them. The program notably studies inequalities between the Global North and South, such as in the deployment and design of AI in Africa. Finally, the research program also consider largely unexplored issues such as the risks of AI on humanitarian actions, human rights, and international relations.

The Chair’s program innovates by its interdisciplinarity combining law and data science in the fight against inequalities; and the construction of a corpus of knowledge on the contributions and limits of AI in the world and its social consequences, in order to inform policy-making on the issue.

Building on a team of experts in Canada, the E.U. and the U.S., as well as on external partnerships, the Chair conducts comparative legal and policy studies to guide legislators' action on AI and automated decision making systems. The Chair’s team also conducts action-research through its interdisciplinary lab combining law and data science: the Inclusive Technology Lab, where they produce technical tools at the service of law and society.


More details about the research program can be found on the Chair’s website.



Dr. Céline Castets-Renard

University Research Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context

Full Professor, Civil Law Section




Interested students can contact Dr. Castets-Renard for more information.

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