The University of Ottawa and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University have created a “mirror” chair, “Individual avatars and contemporary liability issues under private law”

Published on December 5, 2019 Updated on December 5, 2019

Launched on 10 October 2019 in Ottawa, the Ottawa-Lyon Mirror Chair “Individual avatars and contemporary liability issues under private law” comprises an original elite and innovative research centre. It will promote 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), to work on common transversal issues.

Led at Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University by Olivier Gout, professor in civil and business law at the Faculty of Law, member of the Louis Josserand team and Director of the Liability and Insurance Law Centre, this collaborative and transnational research project will focus on the new issues and challenges facing private law, notably in the field of artificial intelligence.

The “Mirror” Chair

The Mirror Chair is a scientific chair with a twofold objective. Firstly, it will aim to provide high-level research training for promising students and researchers in Ottawa and Lyon. Secondly, it will enable chair holders to bring an enlightened and comparative approach to the questions and challenges that artificial intelligence poses in the field of private law with respect to individuals and liability. Chair holders will mobilise their knowledge through their teaching and research projects.

The Mirror Chair will cultivate a privileged environment for reflection fuelled by the similarities and differences between Quebec and French law. It will make it possible 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 exchanges, research and work produced by this chair will prove useful for various legal actors, as well as for all social actors concerned by the challenges that artificial intelligence poses to private law.

Caption, top photo: Signing the agreement, with, from l. to r. (front row): Marie-Eve Sylvestre, Dean - Civil Law Section; Mariève Lacroix, chair holder - Civil Law Section; Olivier Gout, chair holder - Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University; and (back row): Jacques Frémont, Rector - University of Ottawa; and Jérôme Bresson, Minister-Counsellor of the French Embassy in Canada.
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