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The Ottawa-Lyon “Mirror Chair”

Published on January 25, 2022 Updated on January 25, 2022

The Ottawa-Lyon Mirror Chair “Individual avatars and contemporary liability issues under private law” is an original exclusive and innovative research centre that, from a comparative perspective, marks the dynamism, the richness and the exceptional influence of private law at the University of Ottawa’s Civil Law Section and at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University’s Faculty of Law.

The Ottawa-Lyon Mirror Chair promotes an organic research collaboration by bringing together two experts in private and comparative law, Professors Mariève Lacroix (University of Ottawa) and Olivier Gout (Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University).

Signature de la chaire-miroir Ottawa-Lyon

Signing the agreement: Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean - Civil Law Section; Mariève Lacroix, Chair holder - Civil Law Section;
Olivier Gout, Chair holder - Lyon 3.
Back row: Jacques Frémont, Rector - University of Ottawa and Jérôme Bresson - Minister-Counsellor of the French Embassy in Canada.

Purpose of the Chair
This three-year collaborative and transnational research project will examine the new issues and challenges that artificial intelligence imposes on private law. Through its cross-disciplinary approach to private law, and in keeping with an interdisciplinary perspective, the activities of the Mirror Chair will focus on two research streams that promote both basic research as well as applied research and partnerships. These streams, which are juxtaposed with current and future technological and normative challenges, will focus on the legal status and civil liability of a non-human entity.

It will provide a fertile environment for reflecting on the similarities and differences between Quebec and French law, allowing the Chair holders to organise scientific events on both sides of the Atlantic, to disseminate research throughout Canada and France in peer-reviewed publications and, in the medium term, to submit applications for major Canadian and European partnership grants.

The project will also aim to develop state-of-the-art research training for students. It is a genuine incubator that will undoubtedly consolidate the strengths in private and comparative law of two internationally renowned institutions, Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University and the University of Ottawa.

► For more details, please consult the explanatory pamphlet (in French).

Attendees and speakers at the launch of the Mirror Chair included Jacques Frémont, Rector of the University of Ottawa; Jérôme Bresson, Minister-Counsellor of the French Embassy in Canada; Marie-Ève Sylvestre, Dean of the Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law; Hervé de Gaudemar, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (videoconference); and the two Chair holders, Mariève Lacroix and Olivier Gout.

Read Dean Sylvestre’s speech
Listen to/watch the speech of Dean de Gaudemar
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