Ian R. Kerr

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Office : Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur, Room 363
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 3281
E-mail: iankerr@uOttawa.ca

University degrees

LLB Law, University of Western
PhD, MA in Philosophy, University of Western
BA (Honours) in Philosophy, University of Alberta
BSc in Biology, University of Alberta

Fields of interest

  • Technology Law
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Law
  • Ethics of Science and Technology
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy Law and Policy
  • Internet Regulation
  • E-commerce law
  • Digital Copyright
  • Cyber-crime

Ongoing research

Ethical and legal dimensions of the human-machine merger; digital rights management systems and privacy; rethinking; encryption policy debate in context of cyber-crime law reform; soft surveillance and ongoing consent; equiveillance theory.

Selected publications


2nd Ed. Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business (Pearson Education: Toronto, 2005), [Co-authored by Mitchell McInnes, J. Anthony Vanduzer and Chi Carmody, 655 pp.].


“If Left to Their Own Devices…How DRM and Anti-Circumvention Laws Can Be Used to Hack Privacy” in In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, ed Michael Geist( Toronto: Irwin Law, 2005) 167-210.

“Should Law Protect the Technologies that Protect Copyright?” in Information Ethics in an Electronic Age: Current Issues in Africa and the World, ed. Thomas Mendina and Johannes Brtiz ( Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2004).

“Online Service Providers, Fidelity and the Duty of Loyalty” in Ethics and Electronic Information, ed.  Thomas Mendina and Barbara Rockenbach ( Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2002).

“Mind Your Metaphors: An examination of the Inefficacy Argument as a reason against Regulating On-line Conduct” in Ethics and Electronic Information in the 21st Century, ed. Lester Pourciau, (Purdue University Press, 1999), 231-251.


“Soft Surveillance, Hard Consent” (2006) 6 Personally Yours 1-14 (co-authored with Jennifer Barrigar, Jacquelyn Burkell and Katie Black).

“Virtual Playgrounds and BuddyBots: A Data-Minefield for Tinys and Tweenies” (2005) 4 Canadian Journal of Law & Technology 91-105 (co-authored with Valerie Steeves).

“BuddyBots: How Turing’s Fast-Friends are Under-Mining Consumer Privacy” (2005) 14 Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments 647-655 (co-authored with Marcus Bornfruend).

“Not That Much Room? Nanotechnology, Networks and the Politics of Dancing” (2004) 12 Health Law Journal 103-123 (co-authored with Goldie Bassi).

“Bots, Babes and the Californication of Commerce” (2004) 1 Ottawa Law and Technology Journal 285-325.

“The Implications of Digital Rights Management for Privacy and Freedom of Expression” 2:1 (2004) Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 87-94 (co-authored with Jane Bailey).

“Pregnant Women and the Born Alive Rule in Canada” (2000) 8 Tort Law Review 713-19.

“Spirits in the Material World: Intelligent Agents as Intermediaries in Electronic Commerce” (1999) 22 Dalhousie Law Journal 189-249.

“Pre-Natal Fictions and Post-Partum Actions” (1997) 20 Dalhousie Law Journal 237-274.

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