I'm an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, working at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and international trade and development.
I have a graduate degree in law from the University of Oxford, and degrees in business and in law from the University of Saskatchewan. Before becoming a professor, I practiced law with Government of Canada's Department of Justice, as legal counsel to the Copyright Board of Canada. I was also the law clerk to Justice Allen Linden at the Federal Court of Appeal, and before that worked at the firm of Macleod Dixon LLP in Calgary, Alberta. As well as an academic, I am also a lawyer and frequent consultant to law firms, technology companies, think tanks, governments and international organizations.
Courses I teach include Property Law, which addresses current issues in real, personal and intellectual property, Interdisciplinary Studies of Digital Music, an engaging seminar about legal, commercial and cultural aspects of the global music industry, and Global Intellectual Property Policy, which links international IP systems and global challenges like poverty, climate change, hunger, disease, lack of education and more.
My research and recent publications address topics ranging from digital copyrights to biotechnology patents. Recent books I've edited include Access to Knowledge in Africa: The Role of Copyright, and Implementing the World Intellectual Property Organization's Development Agenda. I co-lead the Canada-EU "Trade Environment Technology Exchange" (TETE) project, funded by the European Commission, and the new "Open AIR" - African Innovation Research - project, a multi-million dollar research and training initiative on open innovation in Africa, funded by Canada's IDRC and Germany's GIZ.