CIPPIC's inaugural internship group (2003)
Clockwise, from lower left:
- Marcus Bornfreund
- Prof. Michael Geist
- Rob Dupelle
- Michael Yang
- Warren Yeung
- Sukesh Kamra
- Alex Cameron
- Milana Homsi
- Sue Gemmell (Former Admin Support)
- Philippa Lawson (Former Director)
- Jason Young
- Prof. Jennifer Chandler
The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is a law and technology clinic based at the Centre for Law, Technology & Society at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in Canada. CIPPIC’s mandate is to advocate in the public interest on diverse issues arising at the intersection of law and technology. In pursuit of its public mandate, CIPPIC regularly provides expert testimony before Canadian parliamentary committees, participates in the regulatory activities of various Canadian quasi-judicial bodies such as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, appears at all levels of Canada’s judicial system, and participates in various international Internet governance fora. In addition, CIPPIC advises clients (organizational and otherwise) on matters with a public interest dimension, provides public education resources on various legal issues and, by its location at the Faculty of Law, provides direct training and education for law students.
CIPPIC was established at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in the fall of 2003. It is the first legal clinic of its kind in Canada. In 2007, technology innovator and entrepreneur Dr. Robert Glushko and his wife, law and technology pioneer Professor Pamela Samuelson, made a large donation to CIPPIC, allowing the clinic to continue its student-centered research and advocacy on technology-related policy and law reform.
Upper year and graduate law students assist clinic lawyers in researching issues and drafting reports and submissions to government, commenting on proposed legislative reforms, providing legal advice to individuals and organizations, and developing online resources for the public on legal issues arising from new technologies.
Each term, student interns are assigned to current cases and projects, thus ensuring a real world experience on cutting edge issues involving law and technology. CIPPIC also runs a full-time summer fellowship program during twelve weeks each summer.
The clinic represents consumer and other public interests in such areas as intellectual property, consumer protection in e-commerce, domain name governance, telecommunications regulation, personal information protection and privacy. Since 2012, CIPPIC is also operating Creative Commons Canada in collaboration with BCcampus and Athabasca University. Highlights of our work over the years can be found in our annual bulletins.
CIPPIC has a dual mission:
- to fill voids in public policy debates on technology law issues, ensure balance in policy and law-making processes, and provide legal assistance to under-represented organizations and individuals on matters involving the intersection of law and technology; and
- to provide a high quality and rewarding clinical legal education experience to students of law.
While its mandate is broad, the Clinic cannot take on every case that comes to it. Projects and cases are selected based on a number of considerations including clinic resources, in-house expertise, appropriateness for student work, implications for public policy, and need for pro bono representation. If you have a project or case you wish our assistance with, please contact:
CIPPIC was established in 2003 with the aid of a start-up grant from an Amazon.com Cy Pres fund, received by Prof. Michael Geist. This grant was matched by the Ontario Research Network for Electronic Commerce (ORNEC), a public-private e-commerce research initiative. Since then, the clinic has been funded by a variety of research grants and contracts as well as individual donations, most notably from Dr. Robert Glushko and Pamela Samuelson, patrons of a number of technology law clinics in North America. The University of Ottawa provides further support for the clinic.
The Clinic is seeking additional funding in order to maintain, and if possible expand, its operations. If you wish to help us out, please visit our donate page or if you wish to discuss funding opportunities, please contact the Clinic Director or Prof. Michael Geist
DirectorTel.: 613-562-5800 x 2558
|David Fewer is the Director of CIPPIC. David is an intellectual property and technology lawyer, and brings a decade of practice experience to CIPPIC's advocacy on intellectual property and technology files. Prior to joining CIPPIC, Mr. Fewer practised intellectual property and technology law 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.|
Staff LawyerTel.: 613-562-5800 x 2914
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|Tamir joined CIPPIC as staff lawyer after articling with the clinic. He conducts research and advocacy on various digital rights-related issues, with a focus on online privacy and anonymity, net neutrality, intellectual property, intermediary liability, electronic surveillance, spam, e-commerce, and Internet governance generally. His advocacy activities have taken him before the courts, various regulators, parliamentary committees, and international Internet governance fora. Prior to joining CIPPIC, Tamir received a J.D. from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International and lectures on Internet regulation matters at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Graduate & Post-doctoral Studies.|
|Kent joined CIPPIC in 2011 for his articles as the Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellow. He continued to work as a staff lawyer until 2012, focusing on open data, open licenses, open access to information and copyright issues. He also leads the legal project of Creative Commons Canada. Kent has degrees in common law and civil law from McGill University. He also has experience as a software engineer in telecommunications and the space industry, and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He is an avid promoter of civil liberties on the internet, open and transparent government, access to justice and community-driven pursuits of the commons. Kent is currently operating as a remote contractor with CIPPIC, and represents CIPPIC in its participation in Creative Commons.|
Administrative & Financial Services
Tel.: 613-562-5800 x 2553
Fred is CIPPIC's administrative assistant, meeting the needs of clinic staff and students, and interfacing with the University administration. Fred joined CIPPIC in 2012. Outside of CIPPIC, Fred is a keen amateur broadcaster, sitting on the board of the student radio station at UQO, Reel-Radio.fm, and acting as Assistant-Director, responsible for the west of the province of Quebec at another internet radio station.
CIPPIC's external advisory board is made up of the following eminent scholars, activists and experts in the field of technology law:
- Diane Cabell, Corporate Secretary, Creative Commons & Founder/Former Director, Clinical Program in Cyberlaw, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Harvard University
- Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Centre
- Pam Samuelson, Professor, University of California at Berkeley
CIPPIC also benefits from the guidance of its internal advisory board, which is composed of faculty members of the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, as well as selected alumni and associates.
Further to its education mandate, CIPPIC aims to incorporate student participation in all aspects of its activities. Students can participate as volunteers, for course credit, through participation in CIPPIC's Summer Internship Program, or as an articling student. For more information, visit our student participation resource page.
Telephone: 613-562-5800 x2553
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
100 Thomas More
Suite 306, Brooks Building
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