September 22, 2023: Legal Developments in AI

Please join us in an insightful discussion regarding AI and Law, hosted by the UBC Emerging Media Lab (EML) through the Emerging Media Community of Practice (EMCoP) on September 22nd, from 12:00PM to 1:30PM PST.


Dr. Céline Castets-Renard, University of Ottawa Civil Law Faculty, University Research Chair of Accountable AI in a Global Context

Céline Castets-Renard is a full professor at the University of Ottawa (Civil Law Faculty) and holds the research chair on Accountable AI in a Global Context. She also holds the Research Chair in Law, Accountability and Social Trust in AI supported by the French Government (ANR-3IA) within ANITI (Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute). She is an honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and a member of the Centre for Research in Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. 

She is an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Internet Society Project and an expert member of the European Commission’s Observatory on the online Platforms Economy. Her research focuses on law and technology from an international and comparative (Canada Europe and US) perspective. She more specifically works on AI law. She is also an expert on comparative personal data protection and privacy, platform regulation, technologies of surveillance and cybersecurity. Her research aims to take account of social justice issues in the deployment of digital technologies, by integrating theories of race and gender. She also studies the impact of AI on North/South relations.

See some of her publications here | View her bio

Jon Festinger, K.C., Allard School of Law, UBC

Jon Festinger, K.C. (LL.B., B.C.L. 1980 McGill University) is a Vancouver-based counsel and educator. Jon has taught media, entertainment and communications law topics at the Allard School of Law at UBC for over two decades, as well as teaching at various times at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, and the Media Studies program at UBC. He is also an SFU Professor of Professional Practice and a faculty member of the Centre for Digital Media, as well as an Honorary Industry Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, and Queen Mary University of London.

Jon is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005, co-author of the 2nd Edition published in 2012 and Co-Editor (with Professor Gaetano Dimita and Dr. Marc Mimler) of the recently launched Interactive Entertainment Law Review (Edward Elgar Publishing). Jon was “Guest Editor” of a special issue of the University of British Columbia Law Review (2013) 46:3 UBC L Rev 615, and the author of “Mapping the Electronic Highway: A Survey of Domestic and International Law Issues” (1995) 29:2 UBC L Rev 199.

Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau, University of Ottawa Law Faculty, University Research Chair in Technology and Society

Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau is the University Research Chair in Technology and Society and the Director of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, where he is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section as well as the Director of the AI + Society Initiative. 

Dr. Martin-Bariteau is also a Fellow of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, as well as a member of the Nexus for Quantum Technologies Institute at the University of Ottawa.

A technologist and creative turned legal scholar, his research focuses on technology law, ethics and policy, with a special interest in artificial intelligence, blockchain, quantum science and technologies, cybersecurity, whistleblowers and intellectual property. 

Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau is an internationally recognized thought leader on technology policy, engaged in shaping frameworks that safeguard rights and liberties in the digital context to build a more secure and inclusive society. His work has been published in leading journals and publishing houses in French and English, and presented globally to academic and policy audiences. He regularly comments on technology-related news in national and international media outlets. His research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, as well as by several foundations and philanthropic gifts. Now a tenured professor, he was the recipient of the 2019 uOttawa Common Law Emerging Researcher Award.