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Research Centres, Initiatives & Journals

Windsor Law is home to a variety of active research centres, initiatives, and journals that showcase faculty member expertise and in which graduate students may become involved:          

Transnational Law and Justice Network (TLJN)

Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice (WYAJ)

Law, Disability & Social Change Project (LDSC)

Law and Technology (LTEC) Lab

Windsor Law LTEC Lab faculty members do cutting-edge research in the fields of entrepreneurship, legal clinics, and intellectual property law, law and robotics, e-commerce, algorithms, blockchain technology, and consumer protection.

Students choosing to do an LLM at Windsor Law in any of those areas, will be part of a vibrant community of dynamic scholars, be exposed to the work performed at the International Intellectual Property Clinic, the first of its kind, or the EPICentre (the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre) and have the chance to partake the seminars and workshops organized by Windsor Law LTEC Lab throughout the year.

For research centred on the intersection between innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property law, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary research and have access to business opportunities incubated at the EPICentre or supported through the International Intellectual Property Clinic, and to meet faculty in law, business, computer sciences, engineering, as well as entrepreneurs, legal practitioners and legal clinic students. These environments provide fertile ground for ground-breaking theoretical or empirical research.

Areas of research opportunities include:

  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property: lead faculty members are Professor Myra Tawfik (innovation, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property) and Professor Wissam Aoun (intellectual property, patents, and IP legal clinic work).
  • Regulation of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and consumer protection: lead faculty member is Professor Muharem Kianieff
  • E-commerce, social media, algorithms, big data, and consumer protection: lead faculty member is Professor Pascale Chapdelaine

These law and technology research areas touch upon important issues that receive increased attention at various levels of government and international organizations worldwide, e.g., innovation and intellectual property literacy, on how the law is shaped and disrupted by new technologies, and on how the law can or should intervene through various models of regulation.

These research areas also raise important issues of access to justice and transnationalism (e.g. access of student entrepreneurs to intellectual property literacy, autonomous vehicles, and accessibility, development of best practices to counter consumer deception in online environments). Successful LLM applicants will benefit from the vast expertise of Windsor Law faculty on access to justice and transnationalism, two institutional themes that are core to Windsor Law faculty teaching and scholarship.

For more information about these exciting LLM research opportunities, please contact Professor Laverne Jacobs, the Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies), or the professors indicated above.

LLM Student Position in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and IP Law 

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and Innovators by Addressing Systemic Barriers to their Full Participation in the IP System 

Professor Myra Tawfik is looking for an LLM student with research interests in women entrepreneurs and innovators within the IP system, especially in the area of patents. The student will conduct research on the systemic barriers to full participation and inclusion faced by women in the generation and protection of their IP. 

The ideal candidate for this position will have a demonstrated interest in the role of IP in an innovation economy, capacity-building in IP literacy, access to IP legal resources and systemic gender inequality. They must meet the criteria for admission to the Windsor Law LLM program and be offered admission to that program for September 2020. 

The ideal candidate will conduct qualitative research as part of their LLM thesis. They will also contribute to the larger research project relating to capacity-building in IP education (both foundational literacy and sophisticated IP strategy) across the innovation ecosystem in Canada. The ideal student should be able to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. 

The project will be based in and operate from EPICentre (the entrepreneurship, practice and innovation centre at the University of Windsor), and will involve working with EPICentre staff, law students and the local start-up community. There will also be engagement with faculty and students from other disciplines on campus including the Faculty of Engineering and the Odette School of Business. 

Students will be supervised by Professor Myra Tawfik

The deadline for applications to the Windsor Law LLM Program is March 15, 2020. Applicants must apply directly to the Windsor Law LLM Program and should indicate their interest in this position in their Statement of Research Interests and Autobiographical Sketch. 

Click here to apply to the Windsor Law LLM Program.

Please visit these websites for additional information and for faculty members researching in these areas.


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