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Emily Laidlaw

Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law, University of Calgary

Emily Laidlaw is a Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary. She researches in the areas of technology regulation, cybersecurity and human rights, with a focus on platform regulation, online harms, privacy, freedom of expression and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2014, Dr. Laidlaw spent almost 10 years in the United Kingdom, where she completed her LLM and PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science and held a tenure-track lectureship with the University of East Anglia Law School. Drawing from her years in the UK, Dr. Laidlaw’s research spans Canadian, UK, European and international law. As a scholar, she actively contributes to law reform and other advisory work to government and other bodies, with recent projects on online harms, mis- and disinformation, defamation law, and intimate image abuse. She is author of the book Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Emily is a network director of the Canadian Network on Information and Security and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.


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