Participation in this event is by invitation only

The intellectual property and new digital trade chapters of the North American Free Trade Agreement are emerging as among the most contentious aspects of the NAFTA renegotiation.  For decades, consumers, advocates and technology companies have been stuck in a defensive posture, criticizing more restrictive trade provisions and efforts to impose domestic reforms through trade negotiations. In recent years, however, these groups have been increasingly effective at promoting a positive agenda, including obligations to promote copyright “balance” and protect user rights that underpin the Internet ecosystem.  University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist will examine what a positive, pro-innovation balanced agenda for the digital environment would look like in NAFTA and how it can be achieved.

About the CIGI Global Policy Forum:

The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an exclusive, invitation-only series of talks offering  authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. Launched in 2012 by The Centre for International Governance Innovation, and held at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, the CIGI Global Policy Forum offers audience members access to a wide range of distinguished speakers: policy experts and influencers shaping the world’s debates and discussions on global economic, security, development and environmental issues.

Event Speakers

Michael Geist

Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa,

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Haifa, Hong Kong University, and Tel Aviv University. He is a regular columnist in the Globe and Mail, the editor of several books and monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board and has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.