International Opportunities

A World of Opportunities

One of the many advantages of studying Law and Technology at University of Ottawa is being able to benefit from our Faculty members’ international partners.

For example, there are opportunities for both JD and Graduate (LL.M., Ph.D.) students to take law and technology courses that are joint initiatives of University of Ottawa and other leading law and technology Universities.

Global Technology Law and Policy at Haifa (CML 3551 SW)

Global Technology Law and Policy is an intensive three-week seminar that examines the development of global technology law policy. The course is a joint initiative of the University of Ottawa and the University of Haifa with ten students from each university participating.  Students from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and Tilburg University in the Netherlands may also participate. All accepted students will each receive a $2000 bursary award from the Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation to assist with travel and associated costs.

The first week of the course will be held in Ottawa with five classes focused on Internet governance, privacy law and cyber-security issues. 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 with continuing classes on privacy and an examination of intellectual property policy development. Classes at Haifa will include guest lectures and trip to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to meet with policy officials and the judiciary. The course provides an exceptional comparative law experience with the chance to experience the similarities and differences between Canada and Israel. The course includes meetings with Supreme Court judges in both countries, politicians, business leaders, and top privacy officials.


2019-2020: The course will run from April 30 - May 15, 2020. The course credit can be applied for the 2020-21 academic year in either the fall or winter semesters. No additional fees are required.


This course is by special application and selection. For more information, please review the application requirements on the Academic Affairs page.

Techno-Rico - Robots Law at Puerto-Rico (CML3741 JB)

This course is not offered for the current academic year.

Techno-Rico is a January exchange course, taught one week in Ottawa, two weeks in Puerto Rico. The class is shared equally by uOttawa and University of Puerto Rico students.

We are entering an age of advanced robotics and automation. By the time that students enrolled in this course become established in their legal careers, it is anticipated that robots will be our surgeons and our domestic servants. They will drive our cars, diagnose disease and run major elements of our financial markets. Other complex services once offered by human beings (including some legal services) will be automated; these automated systems will become the proxy for human decision-making.

How do law and technology structure and constrain our possible future worlds? What laws or ethical rules ought to govern a society enmeshed in human-computer interaction? And, how will these various codes enable and disable the possibility of achieving what is good, what is right and what is just?

The subject matter of this course is the philosophy of law. We will read some of the greatest minds in analytic jurisprudence from Plato and Aristotle to Fuller and Dworkin. Edified by these canons of jurisprudential thought, we will interrogate the questions raised above through an exploration of the state of the art of robot and automation technologies and their introduction into society. We will consider the ethical and legal significance of robots in the workplace, the market, our roadways, and at home. Through a critique of existing and soon to be proposed ethical and legislative frameworks, we will contemplate the interrelationship between philosophy, ethics, law and technology by thinking about: the general goals of artificial intelligence, whether and how robots ought to be programmed, how automated systems ought to resolve conflicting rules and norms, and about the broader social implications of boarding this strange mothership.

Through this interrogation, students will consider core ethical and legal concepts including questions about sentience and personhood, legal and moral agency, servitude and slavery, criminal and civil liability, safety, privacy, and security. Students will also have the opportunity to further refine their skills in public speaking and oral argumentation, and to renew their abilities in legal research and writing.


This course is by special application and selection. For more information, please review the application requirements on the Academic Affairs page.

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