University of Calgary

Gregory Hagen

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean - Res & Graduate Prg Director


Greg is the Associate Dean (Research) and the Director of Graduate Programs.

Greg joined the Faculty in 2003. Prior to entering the field of law, Professor Hagen earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science at the University of Western Ontario. Greg was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1999, following which he practiced in the areas of corporate, securities and technology law at two national law firms. Greg taught law at the University of Ottawa (Common Law) during the 2002-2003 academic year and has taught philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. During the summer of 2005 he was a visiting professor at Duke University's Asia America Institute in Transnational Law at the University of Hong Kong, where he co-taught a course entitled "Surveillance, Technology and National Security: Issues in Civil Liberties." He spent one term in 2008 as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, West Africa researching issues in intellectual property and development.

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


Law 543: Intellectual Property Law

Research/Scholarly Activities

Greg is presently doing research on ethical and legal issues concerning synthetic biology as a co-investigator in the PhytoMetaSyn project. He is also a co-investigator on Rethinking Processual Law: Towards a Cyberjustice, which will study and create new procedural models utilizing the Cyberjustice Laboratory built by by the Université de Montréal’s Centre de Recherche en Droit Public and McGill University's Faculty of Law. His areas of interest also include legal and political philosophy, philosophy of science and science policy.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Journal Publications

  • "Regulation of Synthetic Nucleic Acids under the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act," forthcoming in UBC Law Review.
  • "ISP Copyright Liability," in Michael Geist (Ed) From Radical Extremism to Balanced Copyright (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010)
  • "Is there Copyright Liability for torrent file searches?" Canadian Intellectual Property Review, 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.

Books & Book Chapters

  • 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, 2013).
  • “Merges on Just IP: Are IP Rights Basic?” Intellectual Property Law for the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Approaches to IP, Teresa Scassa, Mistrale Goudreau, Madelaine Saginur, Courtney Doagoo (Eds) (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013).
  • “Technological Neutrality in Canadian Copyright Law,” Michael Geist (Ed), The Copyright Pentalogy, (Ottawa:  University of Ottawa Press, 2013).
  • "Some Topics in Copyright Law 200," Wowk, George A.  Intellectual Property Update : Edmonton, Alberta, 2006.

Conference Proceedings

  • "Is Copyright a Human Right?" in Conference Proceedings of the Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (U.K.), June 28th-July 1st, 2006.
  •  "Some Themes & Trend in the Law of Patents & Industrial Design in Canada," Conference Proceedings of the 12th Annual Canadian-German Lawyers Association, August, 2004.

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