Jane Bailey is a Full Professor in the Common Law Section (English), who teaches cyberfeminism, technoprudence, contracts and civil procedure. Her research focuses on the impact of evolving technology on equality, privacy, freedom of expression and multiculturalism, as well as the societal and cultural impact of the Internet and emerging forms of private technological control, particularly in relation to members of socially disadvantaged communities. She has spoken, written and published on a variety of topics, including:
- cyberbullying and cyberviolence
- internet hate propaganda
- copyright and freedom of expression
- online child pornography
- women's e-quality
She is the team leader of Working Group 1 on a 7-year MCRI project entitled "Rethinking Processual Law: Towards Cyberjustice" and a co-principal investigator with Dr. Valerie Steeves of the Department of Criminology on The eQuality Project, a 7-year SSHRC Funded Partnership investigating the relationship between online behavioural targeting of youth and "cyberbullying". She and Dr. Steeves previously co-led "The eGirls Project" , a project focusing on girls' and young women's experiences online that was funded by a 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. Her current research is focused on online harassment and hate, privacy and equality concerns arising from online behavioural targeting of youth, and access to justice.
Some of Professor Bailey's recent activities include:
- invited to the Parliamentary Committee on the Status of Women regarding cyberviolence against girls and young women;
- appearing on a ;
- a keynote address on access to justice at ;
- publication of a co-edited collection called ; and
- appearing on to discuss cyberbullying.
Before becoming a professor at uOttawa in 2002, Professor Bailey completed her LL.M. at the University of Toronto, supported by a Centre for Innovation Law and Policy scholarship and an Ontario Scholarship. She was a co-recipient of the Howland Prize for outstanding performance in the LL.M. programme. She served as a law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice John Sopinka at the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to clerking, Professor Bailey practised law in Toronto with Torys, where she was an associate in the litigation department. Her litigation experience included acting on matters relating to unlawful search of political protesters, and on the first Internet hate speech case to come before a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.