Pascale Chapdelaine

Pascale Chapdelaine is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. She holds an LL.B. and B.C.L. from Mc Gill University, an LL.M from the K.U. Leuven (Belgium), and a Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University). Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2014, she practised law for over fourteen years in corporate, commercial, and intellectual property law as Vice-President and legal counsel at one of Canada’s largest telecommunication companies, and prior to that, as Associate at a major Montréal-based law firm.

Her broad research interests in law, technology, and society span various subjects at the intersection of copyright, contracts, property, privacy law, e-commerce, from the perspective of consumers and citizens. Her book Copyright User Rights, Contracts and the Erosion of Property (Oxford University Press, 2017) defines the rights of consumers and other users to works protected by copyright (e.g. books, software, music, films) in ever changing technological environments. Some of her more recent research looks at algorithmic business practices and extraction of personal data, and how this leads to price and other forms of personalisation or discrimination in e-commerce, media content, and social media. Her articles have appeared in leading national and international law journals. She is the lead editor of a recent interdisciplinary special issue on the application of media and communication theory to the regulation of the networked information society. Professor Chapdelaine frequently takes part in various law reform consultations related to her research and expertise.

Professor Chapdelaine teaches contracts, copyright law, privacy law, and consumer law, courses in which she integrates both her academic research and years of law practice experience. She invites students to think critically about law from various theoretical frameworks and perspectives. She has held several teaching and fellowship appointments at international institutions, including the K.U. Leuven Faculty of Law (Belgium), the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law (OIPRC, St-Peter’s College), the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago (New Zealand), and the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (Germany).

Pascale Chapdelaine is Co-Founder and Director of Windsor Law LTEC Lab ( In her current role, she co-organizes several symposia, workshops, and research networks that bring together scholars of various disciplines, law practitioners, policy makers and students to discuss pressing regulatory issues around technological developments from an access to justice / law and society perspective. She is a Research Affiliate of IP Osgoode and is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). She is called to the Bar of Ontario and le Barreau du Québec.

Sa langue maternelle est le français et elle parle aussi couramment le néerlandais (Dutch).