This seminar is the result of an innovative collaboration between the Federal Government (the Departments of Canadian Heritage and Innovation, Science and Economic Development) and several Canadian law schools (including Osgoode, University of Toronto, Ottawa, McGill, and Universite de Montreal). The seminar exposes law students to the process of crafting public policy and proposing law reform, and is uniquely designed to feed into ongoing public consultations on potential amendments to the Canada’s Copyright Act. Students from each of the participating law schools will research and prepare a policy report on one topic to be selected from several live themes identified in the Heritage and Industry parliamentary reviews and subsequent Consultation Papers. The seminar will culminate in a Grand Oral (to be held in Ottawa or online, TBD) where teams representing each of the participating law schools will present their final Memorandum to Cabinet before a panel of experts and officials (e.g., senior policy analysts, academics, various stakeholders from the industry, and decision makers). This is a unique opportunity for students to hone and showcase their research abilities, policy analysis, and oral presentation skills. Students will have access to a community of professionals and policy specialists in developing and presenting their own views and recommendations on important current issues in Canadian copyright law.
Students will convene in weekly 2-hour seminars over course of the semester. In addition to covering the fundamentals of the selected policy themes, class time will include team preparation of the investigation topic, and hands-on instruction and feedback on drafting and presenting policy briefs. Two joint sessions will be co-taught by Canadian government officials on an introduction to policy development, drafting, and briefing in the context of Canadian copyright law.