Full Professor; Canada Chair Ethics, Law & Tech.
57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 363
(613) 562-5800 Ext. 3281
B.Sc. (Alberta), B.A. (Hons.) (Alberta), M.A. (U.W.O.), LL.B. (U.W.O), Ph.D. (Philosophy of Law) (U.W.O), of the Bar of Ontario, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology.
Ian Kerr holds a unique, three way appointment in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. His devotion to interdisciplinary teaching has earned six awards and citations, including the Bank of Nova Scotia Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Award of Teaching Excellence, and the University of Ottawa’s AEECLSS Teaching Excellence Award. Professor Kerr currently teaches a graduate seminar in the LLM concentration in law and technology (Technoprudence: Legal Theory in an Information Age), as well as a unique seminar offered each year during the month of January in Puerto Rico that brings students from very different legal traditions together to exchange culture, values, and ideas and to unite in the study of privacy and other technology law issues of global importance. Professor Kerr also teaches in the areas of moral philosophy and applied ethics, internet and ecommerce law, contract law and legal theory.
In 2001, Professor Kerr was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology. He is one of Canada’s leading privacy scholars and has also published writings in academic books and journals on ethical and legal aspects of digital copyright, automated electronic commerce, artificial intelligence, cybercrime, nanotechnology, internet regulation, ISP and intermediary liability, online defamation, pre-natal injuries and unwanted pregnancies.
His current program of research includes directing two large projects: (i) On the Identity Trail, a four year, four million dollar project involving more than 50 researchers from across North America, supported by one of the largest ever grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. This project focuses on the impact of information and authentication technologies on our identity and our right to be anonymous; and (ii) An Examination of Digital Copyright, supported by half million dollar private sector grant from Bell Canada and the Ontario Research Network in Electronic Commerce, focusing on various aspects of the current effort to reform Canadian copyright legislation, including the implications of such reform on fundamental Canadian values including privacy and freedom of expression.
In addition to the management of these large projects, he also co-directs the Canada Research Chair Laboratory in Law and Technology, a facility that supports the work of more than 40 researchers. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Academic Coordinating Committee of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, the Centre for Ethics and Values, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Uniform Law Commission of Canada’s Special Working Group on Electronic Commerce. He is an associate editor of Kluwer’s Electronic Commerce Research Journal, a guest editor for Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (MIT Press), and sits as a member on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and on the Advisory Board of Butterworths’ Canadian Internet and E-Commerce Law Newsletter. He is also co-author of Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business (Prentice Hall), a business law text used by thousands of students each year at universities across Canada.