Dr. Gideon Christian, PhD

Gideon Christian

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Law

Web presence

Phone number

Office: 403.220.5259

Location

Office: MFH3335B

Background

Educational Background

Ph.D. University of Ottawa, 2014

LLM Law & Tech, University of Ottawa, 2008

LLB University of Lagos, 2002

Biography

Gideon Christian is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. He obtained his law degree (LL.B) from the University of Lagos in Nigeria, an LL.M (with specialization in Law and Technology) and a PhD from the University of Ottawa. During his doctoral studies, Gideon was a SSHRC - Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholar.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary in August 2019, Gideon worked part-time as an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and fulltime as Legal Counsel with the National Litigation Sector at the federal Department of Justice where he conducted electronic discovery in high-profile litigation involving the Government of Canada.

Research Activities

Gideon researches in the area of law and technology and specifically on electronic discovery, artificial intelligence and law, and environmental impacts of technology. Gideon’s research work has been published in Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science, and Canadian Bar Review (forthcoming).

Current Research Works:

  • Algorithmic Bias – Legal framework for the use of artificial intelligence technology in recidivism risk assessment in the Canadian criminal justice system.
  • In Search of Greener Data: Environmental Impact of Data-Driven Technologies.
  • Breaking a legal monopoly: Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) in the age of artificial intelligence technologies

Research

Areas of Research

Artificial Intelligence and Law, Electronic Discovery Law, Environmental Impacts of new technology

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
LAW 505 LEC 01 01 Civil Procedure
LAW 510 LEC 03 03 Ethical Lawyering
LAW 510 LEC 02 02 Ethical Lawyering
LAW 693 LEC 03 03 eLitigation

Awards

  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 2010
  • International Development Research Center (IDRC) Doctoral Award, International Development Research Center . 2010
  • Africa Initiative Graduate Research Award, Centre for International Governance Innovation. 2012
  • Law for the Future Fund Grant , Canadian Bar Association. 2021

Publications

  • Comparative Models For Government Legal Service Delivery. Emilia Péch, Gideon Christian, and Allison Sephton. GCPedia Department of Justice. (2015)

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