About Us

About Us

The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is Canada’s first and only public interest technology law clinic. Based at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, our team of legal experts and law students works together to advance the public interest on critical law and technology issues including:

  • Privacy;
  • Free Expression;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Telecommunications Policy; and
  • Data and Algorithmic Governance.

Our mandate has three inter-related components:

  1. We speak up for the public interest when key decisions about technology law and policy are being made by Parliament, the courts, regulatory agencies, international bodies, and private companies;
  2. We provide pro bono legal counsel to clients with technology law matters that implicate the public interest; and
  3. We develop public education materials and resources on technology law and policy issues.

CIPPIC was established in 2003 and is one of five technology law clinics across North America to benefit from the generous financial support of Prof. Pam Samuelson and Dr. Robert Glushko. Learn more about how you can support CIPPIC’s public interest mission by making a tax-deductible donation.

CIPPIC acknowledges that its offices are located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation.


OUR TEAM

Vivek Krishnamurthy

Vivek Krishnamurthy

Director
Tel: 613-562-5800 x 2556
Email: vivek [dot] krishnamurthy [at] uottawa [dot] ca
Vivek Krishnamurthy is the Director of CIPPIC and the Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa. His teaching, scholarship, and clinical legal practice focus on the complex regulatory and human rights-related challenges that arise in cyberspace. Vivek was previously the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic and Counsel in the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice at Foley Hoag LLP. He is a Rhodes Scholar and clerked for the Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada upon his graduation from Yale Law School. Vivek is currently a [Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Senior Associate of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

David Fewer

David Fewer

General Counsel
Tel: 613-562-5800 x 2558
Email:
David Fewer is an intellectual property and technology lawyer who brings two decades of experience to CIPPIC's advocacy on intellectual property and technology law files. Prior to joining CIPPIC, David practised with national firms in British Columbia and Ontario and clerked with the Federal Court of Canada. He completed an LL.M. at the University of Toronto, where he wrote on intellectual property policy and the application of the Charter to copyright law. He has taught and written extensively on intellectual property and technology law issues, and is a frequent commentator in the media on such issues.

Tamir Israel

Tamir Israel

Staff Lawyer
Tel: 613-562-5800 x2914
Email:
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Tamir Israel leads CIPPIC’s work on privacy, net neutrality, electronic surveillance, and telecommunications regulation activities. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from the University of Toronto. Tamir's research interests include intermediary liability, national security and cybersecurity, and technology policy issues raised by trade agreements. He has participated in a range of technology law and policy-making processes including appearances before parliamentary committees, participation in regulatory proceedings, interventions in appellate courts, and participation in various Internet governance processes.

CASE AND PROJECT SELECTION

We select projects and cases by weighing various considerations including our resources, our expertise, the relevance of the matter to our mandate, and the appropriateness of the matter for student work. If you are interested in working with us on a case or project, plese contact us at admin@cippic.ca


STUDENT PARTICIPATION

CIPPIC balances its public interest mandate with its responsibility to train the next generation of lawyers. uOttawa law students can participate in CIPPIC as volunteers, for course credit, as summer interns, or as articling students. Find out more on our Student Participation page.


FUNDING

CIPPIC was established in 2003 with a start-up grant from an Amazon.com cy pres fund received by Prof. Michael Geist, which was matched by the Ontario Research Network for Electronic Commerce (ORNEC). In 2007, CIPPIC received a transformative gift from Prof. Pam Samuelson and Dr. Robert Glushko of the Berkeley, California, that allowed it to become a leading voice in Canadian and international technology law and policy discussions.

CIPPIC relies on the generous contributions of individual donors to maintain and expand its operations. Please visit our Donations page to make a tax-deductible contribution to us today, or reach out to Vivek Krishnamurthy, our Director, to discuss funding opportunities.


Contact CIPPIC

Email: admin@cippic.ca
Telephone: +1 613-562-5800 x2553
Fax: +1 613-562-5417

Mailing address:

CIPPIC, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
57 Louis Pasteur St.
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5

Office location:

100 Thomas More

Suite 306, Brooks Building
Ottawa, Ontario

CIPPIC and the University of Ottawa are located on unceded Algonquin territory
An account of the Algonquin people's history in the Ottawa valley can be found here