Dr. Emily Laidlaw, PhD
Canada Research Chair - Cybersecurity Law
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
PhD London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012
LLM London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007
JD University of Saskatchewan, 2002
BA Communications, Linfield University, 1998
Emily Laidlaw is a Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law and Associate Professor. She researches in the areas of technology regulation, cybersecurity and human rights, with a focus on platform regulation, online harms, privacy, freedom of expression and corporate social responsibility. She is author of the book Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2014, Dr. Laidlaw spent almost ten years in the United Kingdom where she completed her LLM and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science and held a tenure-track lectureship with the University of East Anglia Law School. Before undertaking postgraduate studies, Emily practised for several years in Canada as a litigator, and she is currently serving as Ethics Advisor to Calgary’s City Council.
Drawing from her years in the UK, Dr. Laidlaw’s research spans Canadian, UK, European and international law. As a scholar, she actively contributes to law reform and other advisory work to government and other bodies, with recent projects on online harms, mis- and dis-information, defamation law, intimate image abuse, intermediary liability, content moderation and privacy. She co-chaired the expert advisory panel on online safety appointed by the Government of Canada to advise on next steps for the development of legislation to address online harms. As a result of the impact of her work outside the academy, Dr. Laidlaw was recognized as a Peak Scholar in 2018.
Dr. Laidlaw engages widely in public discussions in her field, delighting in conversations with her students, with the public at events, whether at the library or online panels, conferences, judicial education and testimony before government.
Dr. Laidlaw is a network director of the Canadian Network on Information and Security and a member of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance.
Co-Director, Canadian Network on Information and Security
Member, Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance
Member of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) Expert Panel on Public Safety in the Digital Age
Editorial Board, European Journal of Law and Technology
Editorial Board, International Cybersecurity Law Review
Member Law, Society of Alberta
Areas of Research
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|LAW 565||Internet Law|
|LAW 693.01||Privacy and Cybersecurity Law|
- Peak Scholar, University of Calgary. 2018
- Technology Mindfulness and the Future of the Tort of Privacy. Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (2022)
- Creating a Revenge Porn Tort for Canada. with Hilary Young. Supreme Court Law Review. (2020)
- Internet Intermediary Liability in Defamation Law. with Hilary Young. Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (2018)
- Re-Imagining Resolution of Online Defamation Disputes. Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (2018)
- Online Shaming and the Right to Privacy. Emily Laidlaw. 6(1) Laws. (2017)
- The responsibilities of free speech regulators: an analysis of the Internet Watch Foundation. Emily Laidlaw. 20(4) International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 312-345. (2012)
- A Framework for Identifying Internet Information Gatekeepers. Emily Laidlaw. 24(3) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology. 263-276. (2010)
- Private Power, Public Interest: An Examination of Search Engine Accountability. Emily Laidlaw. 17(1) International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 113-145. (2009)
- Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility. Emily Laidlaw. Cambridge University Press. (2015)
- The Challenges Designing Intermediary Liability Laws. in Catherin Easton and David Mangan, eds, The Philosophical Foundations of Information Technology Law (Oxford University Press, 2023). (2022)
- Notice-and-Notice-Plus: A Canadian Perspective Beyond the Liability and Immunity Divide. in Giancarlo Frosio, ed, Online Intermediary Liability (Oxford University Press, 2020). (2021)
- Online Platform Responsibility and Human Rights. in Luca Belli and Nicolo Zingales, eds, Platform regulations: how platforms are regulated and how they regulate us. (2017)
- What is a joke? Mapping the path of a speech complaint on Social Networks. Emily Laidlaw. in Lorna Gillies and David Mangan, eds The Legal Challenges of Social Media. (2016)
- Myth or promise? The corporate social responsibilities of online service providers for human rights. Emily Laidlaw. in Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo (eds), Understanding Responsibilities of Online Service Providers in Information Societies. (2016)
- Mis- Dis- and Mal-Information and the Convoy: An Examination of the Roles and Responsibilities of Social Media. Public Order Emergency Commission. (2022)
- Are we asking too much from defamation law? Reputation systems, ADR, Industry Regulation and other Extra-Judicial Possibilities for Protecting Reputation in the Internet Age. Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. (2017)
- Privacy and Cybersecurity in Digital Trade: The Challenge of Cross Border Data Flows. Global Affairs Canada. (2021)
- Mapping Current and Emerging Models of Intermediary Liability. Broadcasting and Telecommunications Review Panel. (2019)
- Internet Intermediary Liability in Defamation: Proposals for Statutory Reform. with Hilary Young. Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. (2017)
In the News
- Liberals push to end Bill C-10 study amid social media free speech concerns. Global News. (2021)
- B.C. seeking public input in developing provincial response to ‘revenge porn’. The Lawyer's Daily. (2021)
- ‘You’re going to be left with the junk’: What happens when Google hides the news?. The Toronto Star. (2021)
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