Michael Geist

Michael Geist is a CIGI senior fellow and a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.

Michael Geist
Intellectual Property
Internet Governance
Digital Policy


Michael Geist is a CIGI senior fellow and 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 obtained an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, an LL.M. from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and Columbia Law School in New York, and a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School.

Michael is the editor of many books, including, most recently, Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (University of Ottawa Press, 2015). He is a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail, the editor of several monthly technology law publications and the author of a popular blog on internet and intellectual property law issues.

Michael serves on many boards, including the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Internet Archive Canada and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) advisory board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work, including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Ontario Library Association’s Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom 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.

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