Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo

presents ...

A Smart Community Seminar

"Adapting the Law for E-Commerce"

C. Ian Kyer


Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Wednesday, January 24, 2001
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

About the Seminar

Technology regularly races ahead of the law, which is forced to adopt new laws or adapt old ones to deal with the problems that the technology creates. This is certainly true as the business world goes online. As business is increasingly being done in cyberspace, lawyers are asking: whose laws govern? are online contracts enforceable? do electronic signatures satisfy legal requirements? do trademarks take precedent over domain names? what is the future of copyright? of telecom regulation? and what about personal privacy?

Mr. Kyer's presentation will look at both the challenges generated by e-commerce and the efforts being made in Canada and elsewhere to meet these challenges in a way that preserves and promotes societal values without discouraging e-commerce initiatives.

About the Speaker

C. Ian Kyer is a partner in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and serves as the Director of the Computer & Technology Law Group. He practices corporate commercial law (with an emphasis on computer and telecom related transactions). Ian, who grew up in Kitchener, has a BA and MA (History) from the University of Waterloo, and later obtained both a law degree and a PhD (medieval history) from the University of Toronto. Ian was the founder and first President of the Canadian IT Law Association (1998-2000) and is a Life Member and past President of the Washington D.C. based Computer Law Association, Inc. (1994-1995). Ian is a co-author of Kyer and Fecenko on Computer-Related Agreements: A Practical Guide, a Canadian negotiating and drafting guide for computer contracts (2nd edition July, 1997). He is also a member of the advisory board of the International Computer Lawyer, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford, U.K.), the Computer Law & Security Report (UK) and the Computer Law Strategist (U.S.A.).

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is Canada's new national business law firm, merging three top level firms in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. With over 500 lawyers, the firm offers services in 50 practice areas and also provides legal services through its offices in New York and London.
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For more information

Shirley Fenton
The infraNET Project
Computer Systems Group, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Sponsorship

This seminar is sponsored by The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners are: LivePage (now part of Janna Systems), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.