Law & Society

Destination: Silicon Valley North

Last year startups in California alone raised $15 billion in funding – Canada? Less than $2 billion. In this episode we compare Canada and Silicon Valley as destinations for tech startups. How can Canada become a hub for innovation? We speak with James Smith, partner at LaBarge Weinstein LLP; Joe Frasca, general counsel at Shopify; Professor Allison Christians, Stikeman Chair in tax law at McGill’s Faculty of Law; and Gareth MacLeod, CEO at Tinker.

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October 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

Bringing the State to Court: Kazemi v. Iran at the SCC

Stephan Hashemi has asked the Supreme Court for permission to sue Iran for his mother’s death. David Groves sat down with Mathieu Bouchard, Payam Akhavan, and René Provost, to talk about the case, human rights, and the evolution of state immunity.


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April 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Seeking Jane Doe: The Voltage Decision

Voltage, a US film producer and distributor, is using a controversial legal procedure to go after illegal downloading. We talk to Allen Mendelsohn, internet law expert, David Fewer, Director of CIPPIC, and Voltage’s lawyer, John Philpott, about how this will impact Canadian Internet users


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April 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Teen Sexting : The criminalization of Sexualized ‘Selfies’

Consideration of the child protection, crime prevention, and criminal law response to youths’ production and distribution of digital sexual imagery, the limits of the emerging construction of consensual sexting as ‘self-exploitation’ and the relationship of this rhetoric to mounting fears about the so-called ‘sexualization of culture’. Conclusion: criminal law is too blunt a tool to address teenage sexting, consensual or otherwise.

Prof. Lara Karaian, Carleton University

Prof. Julie Lavigne, UQAM and IGSF Visiting Scholar

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March 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Defining the Lines between Free Expression, Privacy, Safety and Regulation

Defining the line on cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment. Shariff argues for a need to engage young people in critically assessing the impact of their online postings through dialogue and interactive projects that help them “define the line” as well as increased sensitization of the legal community to the realities of young people’s modes of communication. She argues that new legislation will simply result in criminalizing youth.

Prof. Shaheen Shariff, McGill
Prof. Gabriella Coleman, McGill

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March 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Les dessous de l’arbitrage avec le prof Charles Jarrosson et Me Alexis Mourre

Dans cet épisode, Eloïse Gagné rencontre le professeur Charles Jarrosson, de l’Université Paris II et Me Alexis Mourre, Vice-président de la Cour internationale d’arbitrage de la Chambre de commerce internationale afin de discuter de l’arbitrage et ses impacts

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March 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Le rôle des juristes dans les débats publics avec l’Hon. Stéphane Dion

Dans cet épisode, Eloïse Gagné fait un retour sur la Conférence francophone annuelle de la RDM du 24 février dernier avec l’Hon. Stéphane Dion, parlementaire et politicologue. Celui-ci nous parle du rôle et de l’influence des juristes sur la politique législative en reliant son discours à différents sujets de l’actualité.

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March 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Legal Education by the Numbers, with Professors Harry Arthurs and Jason Maclean

In this episode, we ask whether three new law schools could be the solution to Canada’s access to justice crisis. Professors Harry Arthurs of Osgoode Hall Law School and Jason Maclean of Lakehead University’s Law Faculty weigh in on the future of legal education.

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February 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

FATCA Incoming (featuring Professor Allison Christians)

This summer, major portions of the controversial US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act come into effect. What will it mean for Canada? We met with Professor Allison Christians of McGill University to talk about international tax, individual privacy, and national sovereignty.


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February 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Les réformes du CPC et l’accès à la justice avec Juge Marie Deschamps et Professeur Frédéric Bachand

Dans cet épisode, Eloïse Gagné rencontre l’ancienne juge de la Cour Suprême, Marie Deschamps, et le Professeur Frédéric Bachand de l’Université de McGill, afin de discuter des réformes du Code de procédure civile du Québec et de ses impacts sur l’accessibilité à la justice.

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February 4, 2014 at 2:39 pm