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Gregory Hagen, PhD


Associate Professor

Faculty of Law

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Phone number

Office: 403.220.4012


Office: MFH4343



Member (non practicing), Law Society of British Columbia,

Educational Background

PhD Philosophy of Science, University of Western Ontario,

LLM (Law & Technology), University of Ottawa,

LLB Dalhousie University,

M.A. Philosophy, British Columbia,

B.A. Philosophy, British Columbia,


Prior to joining the Faculty, Greg practiced in the areas of corporate, securities and technology law. 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 completed an LL.B. at Dalhousie University and an LL.M. at the University of Ottawa (with a concentration in law and technology). 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 he spent a sabbatical term at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. 

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

Research Activities

Greg is currently doing research on abstraction in patent law, AI  inventors, smart contracts, trust in DeFi, the epistemology of privacy and information integrity.


Areas of Research

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


Course number Course title Semester
LAW 510 Ethical Lawyering Fall 2022
LAW 703 Graduate Seminar in Legal Research & Methodology Fall 2022
Law 543 Intellectual Property Winter 2023
Law 579 Legal Theory: Artificial Intelligence Winter 2023


  • Regulation of Synthetic Nucleic Acids under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (Canada)". Greg Hagen. 49:2 UBC L Rev. 377-426. (2016)
  • “Interpreting ‘Reproduction’ in SODRAC". Greg Hagen. 28:3 IPJ. (2016)
  • "Synthetic Biology Confronts Publics & Policymakers". Greg Hagen, Tania Bubela and Edna Einsiedel. Trends in Biotechnology (Volume 30, Issue 3). 132–137. (2012)
  • "Are BitTorrent Search Engines Liable for Copyright Infringement in Canada?". Greg Hagen. Canadian Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 26, No. 1. (2010)
  • “Potency, Patenting and Preformation: The Patentability of Totipotent Cells in Canada". Greg Hagen. SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology and Society, Volume 5, Issue 2. 515-552. (2008)
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials. Gregory Hagen, Cameron Hutchison, David Lametti, Graham Reynolds, Teresa Scassa, & Margaret Ann Wilkinson (Eds.). Emond Montgomery Press. (2018)
  • “Smarter Contracts: Smart Contracts & AI". Greg Hagen. in Giuseppina D’Agostino, Aviv Gaon, & Carole Piovesan (Eds.), Leading Legal Disruptions: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law. (2021)
  • “AI & Patents & Trade Secrets". Greg Hagen. in Florian Martin Bariteau & Teresa Scassa (Eds.) Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada. (2021)
  • “Merges on Just IP: Are IP Rights Basic?”. Greg Hagen. in Teresa Scassa, Mistrale Goudreau, Madelaine Saginur, Courtney Doagoo (Eds) Intellectual Property Law for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches to IP. (2013)
  • “Technological Neutrality in Canadian Copyright Law". Greg Hagen. in Michael Geist (Ed), The Copyright Pentalogy. (2013)
  • “ISP Copyright Liability". Greg Hagen. in Michael Geist (Ed) From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright. (2010)