Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the
Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law.
He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from
Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from
Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a
Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.
Dr. Geist is an internationally syndicated columnist on
technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star
and the Ottawa Citizen. Dr. Geist is the editor of From "Radical
Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda
(2010) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law
(2005), both published by Irwin Law, the editor of several monthly technology
law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual
property law issues.
Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including the CANARIE
Board of Directors, the Canadian Legal Information Institute Board of Directors,
the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Expert Advisory Board, the Electronic
Frontier Foundation Advisory Board, and on the Information Program Sub-Board of
the Open Society Institute.
He has received numerous awards for his work including
the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in
2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library
Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 2008,
Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development
of the Internet in Canada and he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in
2003. In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most
influential people on intellectual property in the world and Canadian Lawyer
named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2011.
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