Kristen Thomasen joined the Faculty of Law in January 2017 as an Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on the legal, social and ethical implications of robotic technologies and artificial intelligence.
Professor Thomasen is completing her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis explores the implications of drone technology for privacy in public spaces in Canada. Her doctorate is supervised by Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, and received a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In conjunction with this scholarship, Professor Thomasen recently spent three months at the Tilburg Institute for Law and Technology in the Netherlands researching European approaches to privacy and drone regulation.
Prior to starting her Ph.D., Professor Thomasen clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada (2013-2014). She also clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (2012-2013) and articled with Alberta Justice in Calgary (2013). Professor Thomasen is a member of the Law Society of Alberta (called in 2013).
Professor Thomasen holds a JD from the University of Ottawa, a MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Relations at Carleton University, and a BA (Hons.) from McMaster University. She sits on the national Board of Directors for the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program.