Michael Geist is a CIGI senior fellow, as well as 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 UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a JSD 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 (2015, University of Ottawa Press). 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. At CIGI, Michael’s research will focus on the impact of fair dealing on educational licensing and the impact of the 2017 Google v Equustek ruling. 

He serves on many boards, including CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the 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 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.


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