Greg Hagen, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

PhD, philosophy of science

University of Western Ontario


University of Ottawa


Dalhousie University

Contact information


Office: 403.220.4012

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Office : MFH4343


Law 543: Intellectual Property Law

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Information Technology and Internet Law (including AI and Blockchain)
  • Legal Theory and Philosophy
  • Information Security & Privacy Law


Greg is currently doing research on abstraction in patent law, patenting AI, smart contracts, trust in DeFi, legislative supremacy and the “standard picture of law,” regulating botnet traffic, and the epistemology of privacy and information integrity.


Prior to joining the Faculty in 2003, Greg practiced in the areas of corporate, securities and technology law at two national law firms. Professor Hagen earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science at Western University, as well as a B.A. and M.A. at the University of British Columbia. He did his LL.B. at Dalhousie University and his LL.M. at the University of Ottawa. He served as Associate Dean (Research) and Graduate Program Director from 2014-2019. He has taught at the University of Ottawa, Western University, Duke University's Asia America Institute in Transnational Law at the University of Hong Kong, at the Summer Law Institute, held at Peking University, and spent a sabbatical term at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, West Africa.

Greg is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.


Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • “Regulation of Synthetic Nucleic Acids under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (Canada),” pp 377-426, (2016) 49:2 UBC L Rev 377.
  • “Interpreting ‘Reproduction’ in SODRAC,” (2016) 28:3 IPJ 36.
  • "Synthetic Biology Confronts Publics & Policymakers," Trends in Biotechnology (Volume 30, Issue 3, p. 132–137, March 2012) (with Tania Bubela and Edna Einsiedel)
  • "Are BitTorrent Search Engines Liable for Copyright Infringement in Canada?" Canadian Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, June, 2010.
  • “Potency, Patenting and Preformation: The Patentability of Totipotent Cells in Canada,” SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology and Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, 2008 December, pp. 515-552.


  • Gregory Hagen, Cameron Hutchison, David Lametti, Graham Reynolds, Teresa Scassa, & Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Eds.), Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Press, 2018 (2d Ed.).

Book Chapters

  • “Smarter Contracts: Smart Contracts & AI,” Giuseppina D’Agostino, Aviv Gaon, & Carole Piovesan (Eds.), Leading Legal Disruptions: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2021).
  • “AI & Patents & Trade Secrets,” Florian Martin Bariteau & Teresa Scassa (Eds.) Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada (Toronto: Lexis Nexis, 2021).
  • “Merges on Just IP: Are IP Rights Basic?” Teresa Scassa, Mistrale Goudreau, Madelaine Saginur, Courtney Doagoo (Eds) Intellectual Property Law for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches to IP (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013).
  • “Technological Neutrality in Canadian Copyright Law,” Michael Geist (Ed), The Copyright Pentalogy, (Ottawa:  University of Ottawa Press, 2013).
  • “ISP Copyright Liability,” in Michael Geist (Ed) From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010).