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Our Work

At the Justice & Technology Initiative, we pursue original and innovative research on a range of topics concerning established and emerging technologies. Our research falls into the following general themes:

Research Themes

Health Law & Innovation

What legal, regulatory, and policy reforms are needed to improve the health of underserved populations? The need to attend to marginalized groups and individuals in decentralized and privatized systems raise questions about requirements for accountability in health governance and decision-making.

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User Based Design & A2J

How do we mediate between the grassroots desire to innovate and institutional barriers to the design and adoption of civic technologies? Research in this field recognizes that access to justice requires a changed understanding of how technology design is a political and legal (rather than merely entrepreneurial task). Engagement in policy, measures of participation and design that enables participatory processes are age old measures of accountability in our civic institutions. As access to those institutions is altered by technology, these questions must also be framed and answered differently.

Media, Technology & Intellectual Property

How should our law adapt to changes in social media and new technologies? Is intellectual property, as a legal framework, resourced to take on the new dilemmas that are emerging? We need to think about the role emerging technology plays in intellectual property, the different policy perspectives engaged by intellectual property, how the law aids or hinders the public good, and social and political progress.

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Data Privacy & Security

There are tensions between the right to privacy, dignity and the extensive data upon which the digital economy is based. The pervasiveness of data collection, necessitates new thinking about the substance of the right to privacy and its protection from both those who own it as well as those trying to exploit it.

Agri-Food Law & Innovation

How do laws, policies, and other tools of governance align technological innovations in the agri-food sector with shared environmental goals and ethical aspirations? A critical legal perspective demonstrates that several of the new and emerging technologies being championed in the agri-food sector may not be as beneficial as initially hoped. Instead, they may serve to retrench injustice and cement existing, exploitative power structures, making them more difficult to challenge and change later down the line. What is needed is research that identifies broad systemic and structural reforms informed by shifts in values and priorities.

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All Publications

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All Projects

Emotional and Cultural Quotient is a research project focused on developing the e-learning modules and training tools to support a virtual law …

The Health Law and Innovation Blog is a space for law students and legal scholars to engage with topics related to health …

Housed within the Lincoln Alexander School of Law’s Justice and Technology Initiative, the Health Law and Innovation Research Group is a research …

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Kathleen Hammond, SSHRC, 2021-2022.

Kathleen Hammond, Alana Cattapan (University of Waterloo), Vanessa Gruben (University of Ottawa). SSHRC. 2021-2024.