University of Calgary

Emily Laidlaw

  • Associate Professor

Bar Admissions

Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor, 2003, Alberta, Canada.

Member, the Law Society of Alberta.


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.


Law 407: Foundations in Law and Justice I
Law 565: Internet Law

Research/Scholarly Activities

Emily researches in the areas of internet and technology law, copyright and 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.

Research Areas

  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Media Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Professional Service

Member, Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (CREATe)

Managing Editor, European Journal of Law and Technology

Advisor, Law Commission of Ontario, Defamation Law in the Age of the Internet

Photograph of Emily Laidlaw


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