Matthew Thomas Marinett

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

Canadian Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting

Friday, September 23 – Saturday, September 24, 2016 



“When Civil Society Uses an Iron Fist:
The Roles of Private Associations in Rulemaking and Adjudication” 


Robert Ellickson
Walter E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Property and Urban Law and

Prof. Tony Duggan delivers the Commercial Law Centre Lecture at the University of Oxford

Friday, October 30, 2015

Prof. Tony Duggan delivered the 4th Commercial Law Centre Lecture at the University of Oxford on Oct. 14, 2015. Prof. Duggan spoke on the subject of "Form and Substance in the Determination of Property Rights: Set-off, Flawed Assets and Security Interests in Cash Deposits." 

Professor Duggan's lecture concerned an issue which frequently vexes courts: whether a contract creates property rights, or merely personal rights.  The lecture focused on the decision of the Canadian Supreme Court in Caisse Populaire Desjardins de l'Est de Drummond v Canada [2009] SCC 29.

Prof. Waddams honoured with Canadian Bar Association’s 2015 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Faculty of Law’s Prof. Stephen Waddams, LLB 1967, is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2015 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Law in honour of his outstanding contribution to the law or legal scholarship in Canada.

Getting into UofT Law - JD Admissions

JD Admissions visits UofT Department of Criminology

JD AdmissionsGet the inside scoop on applying to our JD program directly from the Faculty of Law Admissions Office and hear from current law students. 

Learn about our whole-person admission process and how to improve your application to our JD program. 

Law and Economics Workshop: Tess Wilkinson-Ryan



Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Common Sense of Contract Formation

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
4:10 – 5:45
Solarium (room FA2), Falconer Hall

Updated: Law professor appears on Jeopardy!

Friday, December 27, 2013

On set: Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, left, with Faculty of Law Professor Anthony Niblett.

UPDATED Jan. 6, 2014: Prof. Niblett won $19,601 on Christmas Day and finished in second place on Boxing Day, with a $2,000 win. Questions that stumped him? "Too many to list, I'm afraid," he said.

By Lucianna Ciccocioppo

“I’ll take really cool academics for $500.”

Art of the deal: Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada scores another successful event for 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

From left: ADRIAN BATTISTON, Co-Chair, Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada, ANTON THUN, Co-Managing Director, MFIVE Sports Management, ALLAIN ROY, President and CEO, CMG Sports, CLIFFORD HART, Partner, Miller Thomson LLP, DAVID GOLDSTEIN, Associate, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, G. JOSEPH FALCONERI, Partner, Falconeri Munro Tucci LLP, CHRIS TRAVASCIO, Co-Chair, Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada