Dr. Emily Laidlaw, PhD
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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
- Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (2022)
- with Hilary Young. Supreme Court Law Review. (2020)
- with Hilary Young. Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (2018)
- Osgoode Hall Law Journal. (2018)
- Emily Laidlaw. 6(1) Laws. (2017)
- Emily Laidlaw. 20(4) International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 312-345. (2012)
- Emily Laidlaw. 24(3) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology. 263-276. (2010)
- Emily Laidlaw. 17(1) International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 113-145. (2009)
- Emily Laidlaw. Cambridge University Press. (2015)
- in Catherin Easton and David Mangan, eds, The Philosophical Foundations of Information Technology Law (Oxford University Press, 2023). (2022)
- in Giancarlo Frosio, ed, Online Intermediary Liability (Oxford University Press, 2020). (2021)
- in Luca Belli and Nicolo Zingales, eds, Platform regulations: how platforms are regulated and how they regulate us. (2017)
- Emily Laidlaw. in Lorna Gillies and David Mangan, eds The Legal Challenges of Social Media. (2016)
- Emily Laidlaw. in Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo (eds), Understanding Responsibilities of Online Service Providers in Information Societies. (2016)
- Public Order Emergency Commission. (2022)
- Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. (2017)
- Global Affairs Canada. (2021)
- Broadcasting and Telecommunications Review Panel. (2019)
- 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)