Dr. Emily Laidlaw, PhD

Emily Laidlaw

Canada Research Chair – Cybersecurity Law

Faculty of Law

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

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Office: 403.220.7071


Office: MFH4315

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Educational Background

PhD London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012

LLM London School of Economics and Political Science, 2007

JD University of Saskatchewan, 2002

BA Communications, Linfield College, 1998


Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2014, Emily spent almost ten 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. While at UEA, Emily taught at undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of media law, internet and e-commerce law, intellectual property law and tort law, and supervised LLB, LLM and PhD students. Her doctoral research examining internet gatekeepers, human rights and corporate social responsibility was generously supported by the Modern Law Review and Olive Stone Memorial scholarships. Before undertaking postgraduate studies, Emily practised for several years in Canada as a litigator, with particular experience in complex corporate and constitutional matters.

Emily is a Member with the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (CREATe), the Managing Editor of the European Journal of Law and Technology, and an Advisor for the Law Commission of Ontario, Defamation Law in the Age of the Internet.

Research Activities

Emily researches in the area technology law, including internet regulation, cybersecurity, copyright, media law, human rights and corporate social responsibility. She has a particular interest in online abuse, intermediary liability, privacy and free speech. She has advised and spoken concerning her research to the European Commission, NGOs, practitioners, judges and the general public. She has been an invited speaker at institutions across the United Kingdom, including Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh and University College London. She is currently an advisor to the Law Commission of Ontario concerning defamation law in the age of the internet.


Areas of Research

Cybersecurity, Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Human Rights Law, Corporate Social Responsibility


Course number Course title Semester
LAW 565 Internet Law
LAW 678 The Gale Cup Moot
LAW 407 Foundations in Law & Justice
LAW 690 Western Canada MacIntyre Cup


  • 'Online Shaming and the Right to Privacy'. Emily Laidlaw. 6(1) Laws. (2017)
  • ‘The responsibilities of free speech regulators: an analysis of the Internet Watch Foundation’. Emily Laidlaw. 20(4) International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 312-345. (2012)
  • 'A Framework for Identifying Internet Information Gatekeepers’. Emily Laidlaw. 24(3) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology. 263-276. (2010)
  • ‘Private Power, Public Interest: An Examination of Search Engine Accountability’. Emily Laidlaw. 17(1) International Journal of Law and Information Technology. 113-145. (2009)
  • Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility. Emily Laidlaw. Cambridge University Press. (2015)
  • "What is a joke? Mapping the path of a speech complaint on Social Networks". Emily Laidlaw. in Lorna Gillies and David Mangan, eds The Legal Challenges of Social Media. (2016)
  • "Myth or promise? The corporate social responsibilities of online service providers for human rights". Emily Laidlaw. in Luciano Floridi and Mariarosaria Taddeo (eds), Understanding Responsibilities of Online Service Providers in Information Societies. (2016)
  • "Tackling the life cycle of a privacy claim: a legal conceptual model to address online abuse". BILETA Annual Conference. (2019)
  • “Reforming Intermediary Liability: Testing a Human Rights Centred Framework beyond the Liability and Immunity Divide". RightsCon Summit. (2018)
  • "Resolving Online Defamation in the Internet Age". Defamation Law and the Internet: Where Do We Go From Here?, Law Commission of Ontario. (2018)
  • "Speech in the Grey Zone: Is There a Value in Offensive Speech?". Internet Law Works-in-Progress. (2018)
  • “Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility”. Danish Institute for Human Rights. (2016)
  • "The Whack-a-Mole game of worldwide delisting from Google search results: the significance of Equustek Solutions Inc v Google Inc, 2015 BCCA 265". Law and Society Association 2016 Annual Conference. (2016)
  • "Testing a framework for freedom of expression in copyright law". British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA). (2016)
  • "Online Shaming". Internet Law Works-in-Progress Conference. (2016)
  • "Online Shaming and the Right to Privacy". Privacy Discussion Forum at the Sorbonne. (2015)
  • "A New Framework for Freedom of Expression in Copyright Law". Emily Laidlaw and Daithi Mac Sithigh. Law and Society Association annual meeting. (2015)
  • "Unravelling Intermediary Liability". Fifth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Event. (2015)
  • "What is a joke? The role of social media providers in regulating speech". The Legal Challenges of Social Media to Freedom of Expression. (2013)
  • 'Are we asking too much from defamation law? Reputation systems, ADR, Industry Regulation and other Extra-Judicial Possibilities for Protecting Reputation in the Internet Age'. Emily Laidlaw. Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. (2017)
  • 'Internet Intermediary Liability in Defamation: Proposals for Statutory Reform'. Emily Laidlaw and Hilary Young. Law Commission of Ontario: Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. (2017)