Céline Castets-Renard

Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section

Céline Castets-Renard has been a Full Professor in the Civil Law Section at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law since July 2019. Since January 2020, she has held the University Research Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global World.

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she was a Professor from 2012 to 2019 at the Université Toulouse Capitole in France, where she had previously been a Lecturer in private law from 2002 to 2012. She holds the Research Chair in Government Law, Accountability and Social Trust in AI (3IA) at ANITI (Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute). In addition to her affiliation with the Université Toulouse Capitole, she was a Visiting Professor from 2011-2012 at the University of New Caledonia, where she conducted research on the protection of Indigenous knowledge.

In 2015, she was appointed junior member of the prestigious Institut Universitaire de France. This five-year appointment allowed her to focus on her research program, which focuses on digital regulation, but also to undertake a research stay at Fordham Law School in the United States, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and then at Yale University, where she worked on the Internet Society Project.

Her research work generally focuses on digital law and regulation in a variety of areas of private law, ranging from the impact of technology on contracts and civil liability, to intellectual property, privacy, e-commerce, and ethical issues related to the regulation of autonomous cars and cyber-security.

In 2009, she published one of the first French books on internet law. She also has several publications as well as numerous appearances at conferences. Over the last ten years, she has forged several links with Canada. In 2010, she was a Guest Professor at Université Laval, Faculty of Law and is now a member of the Scientific Council of the Wilson Chair at the University of Montreal, which is held by Professor Vincent Gautrais. Céline Castets-Renard has also developed close ties with the members of the Centre for Research in Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, where she was appointed regular researcher last June. This year, she will be teaching courses on artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as digital private law.

This content has been updated on 5 June 2022 at 10 h 19 min.