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The LCO’s application to host a panel at RightsCon Toronto 2018 was successful.

On May 17, 2018, we held our RightsCon Toronto 2018 panel, Reforming Intermediary Responsibility: Testing a Human Rights Centred Framework Beyond the Liability and Immunity Divide.

The topic of the panel was the commissioned paper prepared by Professors Emily Laidlaw (University of Calgary) and Hilary Young (University of New Brunswick) for the LCO’s law reform project, Defamation Law in the Internet Age. In their paper, the authors propose a novel, middle ground approach to intermediary responsibility in the context of defamation, which they term notice-and-notice plus.

The panel engaged in a roundtable discussion workshopping this proposal. Panellists included:

    • Dr. Sue Gratton, LCO Defamation Project Head;
    • Emily Laidlaw, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law;
    • Hilary Young, University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law;
    • Paul Schabas, Blakes LLP;
    • Joris van Hoboken, Vrije Universiteit Brussels;
    • Michael Geist, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
    • Bertrand de la Chapelle, Secretariat of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network;
    • Daphne Keller, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford University; and
    • Sunita Bose, Change.org