Dr. Michael Geist

Canada Research Chair, University of Ottawa


Dr. Michael Geist, Professor of Law
Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law
Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
Centre for Law, Technology and Society

Dr 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 (LLB) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Columbia Law School.

Dr Geist is an award winning author and editor of several books. He is ranked as one of the top ten most influential men in Social Media, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce law. Dr Geist has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the internet and law and was a member of Canada's National Task Force on Spam. He is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.

Dr Geist has edited several copyright books including The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law in 2013; From “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda in 2010; and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law published in 2005. He is also 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 Canadian Internet Registration Authority board, Internet Archive Canada board and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Advisory Board. Dr Geist also served on the Privacy Commission of Canada's Expert Advisory Board, the Canadian Digital Information Strategy's Review Panel and on the Information Program Sub-Board of the Open Society Institute.

Dr Geist has received numerous awards for his work including the Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the Electronic Frontier Foundations' Pioneer ward in 2008, the 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. Dr Geist was entioned by Canadian Lawyer as 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada (2011, 2012 and 2013). Dr Geist was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018.