University of Toronto

SSC Virtual Seminar Series: Alex Luscombe, University of Toronto

COVID-19 and the `Policification` of Public Health Policy in Canada

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

12:30 – 2:00 pm

*We will send the seminar link and password to registered participants.

Please RSVP to Joan Sharpe


In the fall of 2019, the world saw the emergence and global spread of a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) capable of causing acute respiratory syndrome (COVID-19) in...

Lisa Austin

Professor Lisa Austin
Professor Lisa Austin

Professor, Chair in Law and Technology, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Austin's research and teaching interests include privacy law, property law, and legal theory. She is published in such journals as Legal TheoryLaw and PhilosophyTheoretical Inquiries in LawCanadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and Canadian Journal of Law and SocietyShe is co-editor (with Dennis Klimchuk) of Private Law and the Rule of Law (Oxford University Press, 2015), in which distinguished Canadian and international scholars take on the general understanding that the rule of law is essentially only a doctrine of public law and consider whether it speaks to the nature of law more generally and thus also engages private law.

Professor Austin's privacy work has been cited numerous times by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also active in a number of public policy debates in Canada. Most recently, she collaborated on a report for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada entitled Seeing Through the Cloud: National Jurisdiction and Location of Data, Servers, and Networks Still Matter in a Digitally Interconnected World. Previous policy work includes consulting for the Canadian Judicial Council on their Model Policy for Access to Court Records in Canada

Professor Austin is currently a member of the International Advisory Panel for the American Law Institute's project, Restatement of the Law (Fourth), Property


Andrew Clement

Professor Andrew Clement
Professor Andrew Clement

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

Andrew Clement is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he coordinates the Information Policy Research Program and co-founded the Identity Privacy and Security Institute (IPSI). With a PhD in Computer Science, he has had longstanding research and teaching interests in the social implications of information/communication technologies and participatory design. Among his recent privacy/surveillance research projects, are: Snowden Archives, an on-line searchable collection of all documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden subsequently published by news media (in collaboration with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE);, an internet mapping tool that helps make more visible NSA warrantless wiretapping activities and the routing of Canadian personal data through the U.S. even when the origin and destination are both in Canada; Seeing Through the Cloud, which examined extra-national outsourcing of eCommunications services, especially by universities; and, which documents (non)compliance of video surveillance installations with privacy regulations and helps citizens understand their related privacy rights.

SSC Seminar Series: Lisa Austin

Lisa Austin, PhD, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Information and the Rule of Law

Wednesday, November 21
12:30pm to 2pm
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411, Queen's University

Legal discussions of surveillance almost always take place within the conceptual (albeit contested) framework of privacy. In this seminar, Austin argues for the merits of a different legal framework – the rule of law – for...

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Surveillance Studies

The NewT project seeks to fill one post-doctoral fellow position (two years in residence), starting September 2012 based in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.

The fellow will be supervised by Professor Andrew Clement. The fellow will be expected to work on her/his own surveillance-related research and will also be involved in several collaborative research initiatives...