Karen Eltis
Karen Eltis
Faculty member
Full Professor, Civil Law Section, Faculty of Law

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Karen Eltis is Faculty member at the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society and a Full Professor of Law within the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section.

A past director of the uOttawa Human Rights Centre, Professor Karen Eltis specializes in artificial intelligence/ innovation law and policy and cybersecurity from a comparative perspective. She served as Senior Advisor to the National Judicial Institute and has taught at Columbia Law School. She is a past Affiliate with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (2016-2018).

Fluent in French, English, Hebrew, Spanish and Romanian and proficient in German and Italian, Professor Karen Eltis holds law degrees from McGill University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Prior to joining the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, Professor Eltis was a litigation associate in New York City. Her research on privacy was cited three times by the Supreme Court of Canada, in A.B. v. Bragg (2012), Quebec (Attorney General) v. 9147-0732 Québec inc. (2020), and Sherman Estate v. Donovan (2021) as well as by other Canadian and foreign courts. Professor Eltis’ latest book, titled Courts, Litigants and the Digital Age: Second Edition (Irwin Law, 2016), was supported by a CIRA grant. Her research on artificial intelligence and expression is supported by the Foundation for Legal Research.