The Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications was established by Senator Jerry S. Grafstein, Q.C., Class of 1958, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his graduation from the Faculty of Law and the 10th anniversary of the graduation of his son, Laurence Grafstein and daughter-in-law, Rebecca Grafstein (nee Weatherhead), both from the Class of 1988.

The inaugural lecture was delivered in the fall of 1999 by Charles Dalfen of Torys, a former professor at U of T’s Faculty of Law.

The 2016 Grafstein Lecture in Communications

The Honourable Roger T. Hughes
Federal Court of Canada

Lex Aetheria - Law of the Aether

Friday, January 15, 2016

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Victoria College, Rm. 101
91 Charles Street West, Toronto

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

There is an emerging international body of law and enforcement of Court Orders directed to regulate the content of telecommunications, including the internet – I call this the lex aetheria.  The lex aetheria is following in the footsteps of earlier international law, such as lex mercatoria and lex maritime, because there is a need to transcend national boundaries in order to deal with what is recognized by all civilized nations to be undesirable activity whether it be criminal, anti-social or infringement of rights. The purpose of my lecture is to recognize this emerging body of law, and to make recommendations for its future course.

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See The Grafstein Annual Lecture in Communications archives to read more detailed accounts of past lectures, and watch the complete lectures on the web (beginning with 2002).