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Biography of Michael Geist, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Dr. Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa and serves as Technology Counsel to Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. 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 has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law, is columnist on technology law issues for the Toronto Star, the creator and consulting editor of BNA's Internet Law News, a daily Internet law news service, editor of the monthly newsletters, Internet and E-commerce Law in Canada and Canadian Privacy Law Review (Butterworths), the founder of the Ontario Research Network for E-commerce, on the advisory boards of several leading Internet law publications as well as the author of the textbook Internet Law in Canada (Captus Press) which is now in its third edition.

Dr. Geistís work has been recognized with several important awards and grants including the 2002 Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Award and the Ontario Premierís Research Excellence Award. In 2003, he received Canarieís IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada and was named one of Canadaís Top 40 Under 40. Dr. Geist serves on the director and advisory boards of several Internet and IT law organizations including the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the dot-ca administrative agency, the Canadian IT Law Association, Watchfire, and Verifia. He is chair of a global Internet jurisdiction project for the American Bar Association and International Chamber of Commerce. He is regularly quoted in the national and international media on Internet law issues and has appeared before government committees on e-commerce policy. More information can be obtained at

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