Emily Laidlaw

Dr. Emily Laidlaw

Pronouns: She/Her


Canada Research Chair - Cybersecurity Law

Faculty of Law

Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

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Office: 403.220.7071


Office: MFH4315


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 University, 1998


Emily Laidlaw is a Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity Law and Associate Professor. 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. She is author of the book Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2015). 

Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2014, Dr. Laidlaw 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. Before undertaking postgraduate studies, Emily practised for several years in Canada as a litigator, and she is currently serving as Ethics Advisor to Calgary’s City Council.

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 dis-information, defamation law, intimate image abuse, intermediary liability, content moderation and privacy. She co-chaired the expert advisory panel on online safety appointed by the Government of Canada to advise on next steps for the development of legislation to address online harms. As a result of the impact of her work outside the academy, Dr. Laidlaw was recognized as a Peak Scholar in 2018.

Dr. Laidlaw engages widely in public discussions in her field, delighting in conversations with her students, with the public at events, whether at the library or online panels, conferences, judicial education and testimony before government.  

Dr. Laidlaw is a network director of the Canadian Network on Information and Security and a member of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance.



Co-Director, Canadian Network on Information and Security

Member, Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance

Member of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) Expert Panel on Public Safety in the Digital Age

Editorial Board, European Journal of Law and Technology

Editorial Board, International Cybersecurity Law Review

Member Law, Society of Alberta


Areas of Research

Technology Law, Human Rights, Cybersecurity, Online Harms, Platform Regulation, Freedom of Expression, Privacy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Copyright Law


Course number Course title Semester
LAW 565 Internet Law
LAW 693.01 Privacy and Cybersecurity Law


SSHRC Insight Grant: Online Abuse: Developing the Tort of Privacy for the Digital Age

MINDS Grant: Canadian Network on Information and Security

SSHRC Partnership Grant (co-investigator): The Human-Centric Cybersecurity Partnership


  • Peak Scholar, University of Calgary. 2018


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