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The Law Commission of Ontario is Ontario’s leading law reform agency. The LCO provides independent, balanced and authoritative advice on complex legal policy issues. Our work promotes access to justice and contributes to public debate.

Current Projects

Digital Rights

Algorithms, automated decision-making (ADM) and artificial intelligence (AI) are a new frontier for access to justice, human rights, dispute resolution and due process. The first phase of LCO’s multiyear Digital Rights project considers two areas of technology law reform that potentially affect all Ontarians: the use of algorithms in the justice system and consumer protection in the “digital marketplace.”

Indigenous Engagement – Last Stages of Life

The LCO is now preparing to establish a distinct engagement process to identify and hear about Indigenous laws and experiences in the last stages of life. This will take place in early 2019. This distinct Indigenous engagement process extends general LSL consultations conducted from June 2017 – May 2018.

Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms

The LCO’s Final Report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms is the first independent, evidence-based and comprehensive review of class actions in Ontario since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1993. The Final Report makes 47 recommendations to reform the CPA and related policies in a broad range of areas.

Defamation Law in the Internet Age

The LCO’s project is the most comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s defamation law framework to date. The project is examining the underlying purpose and function of defamation law and how defamation law should be updated to account for “internet speech,” including social media, blogs, internet platforms and digital media.

Last Stages of Life

Last Stages of Life project considers how the law shapes the rights, choices, and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them.

News

Digital Rights at Access to Justice Week

November 4th, 2019|

On Oct 30th, LCO Executive Director Nye Thomas discussed the growth and impact of AI and algorithms on the justice system at the Law Society of Ontario’s Access to Justice Week Data and Design Symposium.The [...]

 

 

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