Instructor(s): Benjamin Alarie, Daniel Debow

For graduate students, the course number is LAW6039HS.

This course will meet exclusively remotely once a week, via audio-visual conference.  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: This course satisfies the Perspective course requirement.

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course surveys the implications of emerging socially and economically transformative technologies, including machine learning, nanomaterials, robotics, genetic engineering, etc. The aim is to explore how exponential technological change and innovation will affect law and society in a variety of contexts including medicine, law, education, finance, transportation, communication, the arts, and government throughout the world in the coming decades. This course will be open to graduate students in other faculties, including engineering and computer science, and will encourage interdisciplinary discussion. While much of the material will examine at an introductory level many emerging technologies, no formal scientific background is expected of students.

Six comments on the readings of up to 500 words each (60%) and a final paper of up to 3000 words (30%), class participation (10%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course



27 JD

13 non-law graduate students


M: 8:00 - 9:20 am (AV Conference)