LTEC Lab gathers scholars who engage in cutting-edge research at the intersection of law and technology, in areas including intellectual property law, robotics and the law, consumer law, and the legal profession, informed by our institutional themes of transnational law and access to justice.

Prof. Pascale Chapdelaine presenting at a podium

Pascale Chapdelaine is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. Her research looks at the interaction between intellectual property, property and contracts, as well as to how new technologies and automated business processes shape consumers’ rights and expectations.

Research Projects:

Book:  Copyright User Rights: Contracts and the Erosion of Property

Copyright User Rights, Remedies and Access to Justice

Graffiti, Street Art, and Copyright

Cyberspace and Deception

 Myra Tawfik giving a lecture at a podium
Myra Tawfik is a Professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and is EPICentre Professor of IP Commercialization and Strategy. Her research focuses on the historical origins of Canadian copyright law and capacity-building in IP commercialization and strategy throughout Canada’s innovation ecosystem.

Research Projects:

“University of Waterloo case highlights holes in Canada’s university innovation ecosystem”, The Globe & Mail, October 21, 2018

“Why it’s so important for Canadians to be able to leverage their intellectual property”, The Globe & Mail, May 1, 2018

“To support Canadian start-ups, offer pro bono legal clinics” (with James Hinton), The Globe and Mail, June 17, 2015.

Journal Publications:

Co-editor with Ruth-Ellen St. Onge and Janet Friskney. “Bound by Three Oceans: Reading, Writing, Printing and Publishing in Canada
since Confederation,” Special issue of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. 55:2 (Fall 2017) in press (224 pages).

“Universities are Failing to Equip Entrepreneurs for Patent Battles: Designing an IP 2.0 Curriculum”, CIGI New Thinking on Innovation Series (CIGI, 2017), 89-94

Book (in progress):

For the Encouragement of Learning: The Origins of Canadian Copyright Law IP Strategy IP Education for an Innovation Economy: An IP 2.0 Curriculum (with Karima Bawa)

Book Chapter:

Copyright History as Book History: The Law in Multidisciplinary Context

Online Courses: 

Foundations of IP Strategy- free online course (Sponsored by CIGI)


Innovation declaration by Prominent Executives and Thought Leaders:  Nine things Canada needs to win in the global ideas economy

Muharem Kianieff is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law working in the areas of Banking Law and Payment Systems.  His research looks at the role that regulation plays as it applies to innovations in payment mechanisms and financial technology. By using economic and historical analyses, Kianieff seeks to make proposals for reform that make products safer for consumers and increases access to justice. His current research examines the emergence of Blockchain technology to study what impact it will have on established consumer protection doctrines in commercial law.

Research Projects:

Blockchain Technology and the Law: Opportunities and Risks (Informa Law – Routledge, 2019).

New Kids on the Block Chain Symposium, 30 November, 2018, EPICentre, University of Windsor (Event Blog)

Research Interest / Expertise:

Financial Technology and Payment Mechanisms
Financial Reform

Photo of Professor Kristen Thomas holding a robot. Anthony Sheardown Photography

Kristen Thomasen joined the Faculty of Law in January 2017 as an Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on the legal, social and ethical implications of robotic technologies and artificial intelligence.

Research Projects:

Beyond Airspace Safety: A Feminist Perspective on Drone Privacy Regulation

Drones and Privacy in Public Space

Accessibility in Autonomous Transit Policy

Feminist Perspectives on Drone Privacy Regulation

Wissam Aoun is an Assistant Professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. His research focuses on intellectual property and technology commercialization topics, including university intellectual property ownership policies, intellectual property clinical education, intellectual property practice performance standards and the international regulation of intellectual property practice.

View his research on his SSRN Author page

Research Projects:

Between Legality and Legitimacy in Patent Agent Regulation