Instructor(s): Anthony Niblett

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables (

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [].

Note: Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course.

Note:  Students taking this course cannot take Cyber Law (CTS112H1S).

This course looks at the interaction of law and new technologies. How can we use law to incentivize beneficial technological change? We will explore what happens when new technologies emerge: How does the law respond? What changes? What stays the same? How should the law respond? How can new technologies be used to produce a better legal system? A focus of the course will be the emergence of data-driven artificial intelligence. Specific topics include: smart contracts, biomedical technology, self-driving cars, autonomous weapons, legal tech, and whether artificial intelligence can be used to build a more efficient and just society.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


In Class:

Monday, January 4, 2020: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday, January 5, 2020: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday, January 7, 2020: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, January 8, 2020: 10:00 am - 12:00