Carys J. Craig

Associate Professor
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LLB 1st Cl. Hons (Edinburgh), LLM (Queen's), SJD (Toronto)

Dr. Carys Craig joined the faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002. She is the Academic Director of the Osgoode Professional Development LLM Program in Intellectual Property Law, a founding member of IP Osgoode (Osgoode’s Intellectual Property Law & Technology Program), and recently served as Osgoode’s Associate Dean (Research & Institutional Relations). In 2018, she held a MacCormick Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

A recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the 2015 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award, Dr. Craig teaches JD, graduate and professional courses in the areas of intellectual property, copyright and trademark law, and legal theory. She researches and publishes widely on intellectual property law and policy, with an emphasis on authorship (drawing on critical and feminist theory), users’ rights and the public domain. She is the author of Copyright, Communication & Culture: Towards a Relational Theory of Copyright Law (2011), and the co-editor of Trade-marks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Commentary, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2014) and Copyright: Cases and Commentary on the Canadian and International Law, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2013). Her award-winning work has been cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Dr. Craig holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a Master of Laws (LLM) from Queen’s University in Kingston, and a Doctorate in Law (SJD) from the University of Toronto, where she was a graduate fellow of Ontario’s Centre for Innovation Law and Policy.

Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): Professor Craig is interested in supervising graduate research in the area of intellectual property (IP) law (domestic, comparative and/or international), with a focus primarily on copyright and/or trademark law and related fields. Her own scholarship in this area covers a wide variety of topics including concepts of authorship and ownership, fair dealing and user rights, freedom of expression, digital locks, technological neutrality, open access and open licensing models, trademark registration requirements, etc. While tackling particular doctrinal and policy issues at the forefront of IP law, Professor Craig's scholarship employs a critical theoretical approach (drawing on, e.g. feminist legal theory, critical race theory, cultural and literary theory). Current projects include work on critical theories of IP, racially disparaging trademarks; authorship and artificial intelligence; choreographic copyright; copyright's substantial similarity doctrine; moral rights, parody and satire.