Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Innovation, Law and Society

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University is inviting applications from outstanding researchers for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Innovation, Law and Society. The successful CRC is expected to have the necessary qualifications to be appointed as a professorial tenure-track or tenured professor at the Assistant or Associate level. Osgoode is one of the world’s leading law Faculties and is committed to setting the standard for excellence in — and pushing the boundaries of — legal scholarship and legal education. Osgoode scholars are renowned and well-established leaders in this field. Osgoode believes that the importance of the area of Innovation, Law and Society, with particular regard to Artificial Intelligence, will only grow, and that we have a unique opportunity to continue as innovative thought leaders shaping the legal landscape nationally, and internationally, in this area.

A CRC in Innovation, Law and Society would be well situated within the priorities of both York’s and Osgoode’s Strategic Research Plans. In particular, it aligns with York’s research themes of “Exploring and Interrogating the Frontiers of Science and Technology”, “Forging a Just and Equitable World”, and “Integrating Entrepreneurial Innovation and the Public Good”. It also supports York’s interest in the following areas of research opportunity for further growth: “Digital Cultures”, “Integration of Artificial Intelligence into Society”, and “Public Engagement for a Just and Sustainable World”. This CRC also reflects priorities identified in Osgoode’s Strategic Research Plan, especially promoting research initiatives advancing access to justice, and developing the relationship between new technology and law.

The selected candidate’s scholarly expertise in innovation will engage with some aspects of the following issues:

    • Technology, IP, Privacy and Security (e.g. data ownership, governance and access, cybersecurity, privacy, algorithmic accountability, web development and the law, AI and the use of big data, internet policy and intellectual property and the gendered or racialized implications of the foregoing).
    • Domestic and International Human Rights, Criminal and Business Regulation (e.g. financial technology and regulation, “smart” contracts, legal and ethical regulation of AI and robotics, and ICT regulation).
    • Future of Legal Services, Legal Education and Research (e.g. use of predictive technology in the justice system, access to justice, including online, virtual and remote legal services and the implications for disadvantaged groups, professional responsibility, metrics, data and evaluation of technology in legal education).

Application Details

This position, subject to budgetary approval, will commence July 1, 2021.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and in any event no later than January 11, 2021 by 4:30 pm EST.  

For more details about the Program Eligibility Criteria and the Application Process please visit THIS LINK.

Applicants who wish to discuss their potential application in advance of applying are invited to contact the Chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Professor Eric Tucker at ETucker@osgoode.yorku.ca.

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