The Centre for Innovation, Law and Policy: Home to the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Chair in Law and Technology and Three Chairs in Law and Policy

From the Spring 2000 issue of Nexus.

In the fall of 1999, the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy was launched, owing to the generosity of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund (ORDCF), as well as private-sector support and matching funds from the University of Toronto.

Under the leadership of executive director Greg Warren '89, the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy is planned as a multi-faceted research, teaching and policy advisory institute devoted to the study of laws, institutions and policies that affect, or are affected by, innovation and technological change.

Based at the Faculty of Law, the centre will be home to the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Chair in Law and Technology and three academic chairs endowed by the ORDCF. A number of the Centre's programmes will operate at all six Ontario law schools, including programmes related to research funding, curriculum development, and summer student internships. The centre will seek to become a focal point for collaborative work on innovation law and policy issues involving leading academics, professional advisors, scientists, business managers and policymakers. It will also undertake and support the development of curricula focused on preparing Ontario's law graduates for practicing law in today's "hi-tech" environment.

Three Chairs Committed to the Study of Law and Technological Innovation at the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy

In the spring of 1999, the Faculty of Law secured a gift of $4,500,000 from the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund (ORDCF), which was matched by the University of Toronto to create an endowment supporting three chairs related to law and technological innovation: the Chair in Law and Technology (formerly the Chair in the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property), the Chair in Electronic Commerce, and the Chair in the Legal, Ethical and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation. Intended to attract top scholars with demonstrated interest and expertise in innovation law and policy, each chair has been afforded $1.5 million in ORDCF funding.  

The holder of the Chair in Law and Technology (formerly the Chair in Law and Economics of Intellectual Property) will employ a law-and-economics methodology in examining intellectual property rights and their impact on technological innovation. The scholar holding the Chair in Electronic Commerce will address the many legal and regulatory issues raised by the emergence of e-commerce. The holder of the Chair in the Legal, Ethical and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation will look at the legal and societal impact of technological advancement.

The endowment of the centre and these academic chairs brings the Faculty of Law into the 21st century of legal education and will be a driving force behind its recognition as a world-class institution of legal thought and innovation in the decades to come.