The Law and the Machine


Chancellor Day Hall Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Free but registration is mandatory.

Both law and machine are man's creations. Both exist to serve him, but may very well hurt him too, since both they are not always used for their intended purposes. Law and machines can come from the noblest enterprises, but can also serve the cause of folly. They are instruments of progress.

This fifth edition of the “Competition and Innovation” conference series will explore the relationship between law and technique, between law and the machine. It will take stock of the changes and responses of law to technical advances and revisit the fears often associated with progress. Can we, by exploring the relationships between law and the machine, in certain fields, anticipate the future state of the law and its corresponding place and function in tomorrow’s modern jurisdictions? Must we fear the “technicalisation” of law, to the extent of seeing the machine eventually replace it?

The conference will kick off at noon with a screening of the film "Surviving Progress" in presence of its two directors, Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks.

See the program and the list of speakers on

A request for 3 hours of continuing legal education accreditation has been made to the Barreau du Québec. Registration is free, but mandatory: email Ms Sharon.Webb [at] (Sharon Webb) or phone her at 514-398-2759 to secure your spot. Kindly indicate if you are a member of the bar and are seeking CLE accreditation.

This event is organised by the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (McGill) and the Chaire en droit de la sécurité et des affaires électroniques (Université de Montréal), as part of the Regroupement Droit, changements et gouvernance.

Contact Information

RSVP: Sharon Webb
sharon.webb [at]
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