Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence Law and Data Governance
New Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Canada H3A 1W9
ignacio.cofone [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Ignacio Cofone is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence Law & Data Governance at McGill University's Faculty of Law, where he teaches Privacy Law, Artificial Intelligence Regulation, and Advanced Obligations. His research focuses on law reform for privacy and A.I., exploring how the law should adapt to technological and economic change. His current projects examine liability for privacy harm and A.I. discrimination.
While at McGill, professor Cofone was a Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Scholar (2020-2021) and received the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice Charles Gonthier Fellowship (2019), Future of Privacy Forum Best Privacy Papers for Policymakers award (2019), Council of Europe Stefano Rodota Award Special Mention (2021), Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Honorable Mention (2022), and Principal’s Prize for Outstanding Emerging Researcher (2023). He held visiting positions at the Universities of Oxford, St. Gallen, Bar-Ilan, and Di Tella. Previously, he was a research fellow at the NYU Information Law Institute, a resident fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project, and a legal advisor for the City of Buenos Aires. He obtained a joint Ph.D. from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Hamburg University and a J.S.D. from Yale Law School.
- Certifying Privacy Class Actions, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming 2023).
- How to Choose a Law Review: An Empirical Study, 71 Journal of Legal Education (2023) (with Pierre-Jean Malé)
- "Privacy Standing", 2022 University of Illinois Law Review 1367 (2022).
Recent media mentions
- Joe Castaldo, Canadian AI experts issue letter in support of draft law aimed at curbing technology’s risks, The Globe and Mail (April 18, 2023).
- Kiernan Green, LinkedIn experiment changed job prospects for millions — and it raises red flags: privacy experts, CBC News (October 23, 2022).
- Manjula Selvarajah, “The Right To Be Forgotten for kids on the internet, in the era of oversharing,” CBC Radio (Nov. 8, 2021)
- Angelo Gio Mateo & Aliya Bhatia, “Reports find that the federal government again used surveillance at Pearson airport, this time through facial recognition. This threatens our human rights,” The Toronto Star (Jul. 29, 2021)
- David Uberti, “Canada’s Proposed Privacy Overhaul Leans Toward European-Style Rules,” The Wall Street Journal (Nov. 25, 2020)
- JSD, Yale Law School, 2018
- LLM, Yale Law School, 2016
- PhD (rer.pol.), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Hamburg University, 2015
- MA, University of Bologna, 2012
- LLB, Austral University, 2010
- Canada Research Chair in A.I. Law & Data Governance, McGill University Faculty of Law, 2021-
- Associate Professor, McGill University Faculty of Law, 2023-
- Assistant Professor, McGill University Faculty of Law, 2018-2023
- Post-doctoral Research Fellow, NYU Information Law Institute, 2017-2018
- Resident Fellow, Yale Law School Information Society Project, and Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 2015-2017
- Legal Advisor, Government of the City of Buenos Aires, 2010-2011
Areas of Interest
Privacy Law, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy, Anti-discrimination, Behavioral Economics