SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Corporate Responsibility and Accountability in Internet Content Governance
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Matthew is a doctoral candidate in law at the University of Toronto. His broader research examines the rule of law implications of the corporate control and and governance of rights, especially with respect to copyright, privacy and freedom of expression. His doctoral project examines the manner in which internet corporations create rules and make rights-affecting decisions with worldwide impact and minimal public accountability. Specifically, it explores the applicability of standards of human rights and global administrative law to internet corporations engaged in content governance: a difficult prospect given the numerous forms content governance takes, the extant interaction between states and internet intermediaries, the human rights implications, and the transnational nature of the internet. Nonetheless, the project examines what such an inherently flexible standard might look like. 

Prior to pursuing an academic path, Matthew was most recently an associate at Gowling Lafleur Henderson (now Gowling WLG) in the Intellectual Property department. He worked primarily within the Entertainment Law Group and the Advertising, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs Group. Prior to joining Gowlings, he volunteered his time at Advocates for Injured Workers, a legal clinic which assisted low-income clients who had been injured in the course of their employment obtain workers' compensation benefits.


SJD Candidate - Present
LLM - 2016 - University of Toronto Faculty of Law
JD - 2012 - University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Honours BSc Planetary Science - 2008 - University of Western Ontario
Awards and Distinctions
CIGI International Law Research Program SJD Scholarship (2019-2021)
Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2018-2021)
Doctoral Fellowship in Innovation Law and Policy (2016-2018)
University of Toronto Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2018)
Masters Fellowship in Innovation Law and Policy (2015-2016)
Gerald Flaherty Prize in Entertainment Law (2010)
Western Scholarship of Excellence
Professional Affiliations
Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association
Selected Publications

Matthew Marinett, “The Race to the Bottom: Comity and Cooperation in Global Internet Takedown Orders” [forthcoming, UBC Law Review].

Matthew Marinett, “Protecting Individual Self-Interest in Aggregate as the Basis of Fairness in Contract” (2018) 55:3 Alberta Law Review 703.

Matthew Marinett, “The Alienation of Economic Rights and the Case for Stickier Copyright” (2017) 30:1 Intellectual Property Journal 125.

Matthew Marinett, “Copyright and innovation” (5 July 2017) Policy Options.

Brenda Pritchard & Matthew Marinett, “Political Advertising and Freedom of Expression” in Brenda Pritchard & Susan Vogt, eds, Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada, 5th ed (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2015).

Research Interests
Charter of Rights
Competition Law
Economic Analysis of Law
Intellectual Property Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Privacy Law
Property Law
Committee Members