- Property Law
- Privacy Law
- Law & Technology
- Artificial Intelligence
Katie Szilagyi joined the faculty at Robson Hall in 2021. She teaches 1L Property Law and an upper year seminar in Law and Technology.
Professor Szilagyi’s research is at the intersection of technology law and legal theory with artificial intelligence, working to trace the impacts of predictive analytics and algorithmic decision-making on the organizing force of the Rule of Law. Her innovative, interdisciplinary research applies foundational legal concepts like property, autonomy, consent, and privacy to emerging technological settings. She has published and presented on the transformative impacts of blockchain technology on the legal landscape, as well as the international humanitarian law implications of autonomous weapons systems on the battlefield. She is affiliated with collaborative and cross-cultural research networks, such as the Canadian Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Ethical Design Lab (CRAiEDL) and the Open African Innovation Research Network (OpenAIR).
Originally a University of Manitoba alumna, Professor Szilagyi completed her Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering in 2008. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa in 2012, completing joint specializations in Law and Technology and International Law. She then clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa and practiced commercial litigation at a large national firm in Toronto. She earned her LLM degree, specializing in Law and Technology, at Tel Aviv University in 2017. She returned to the University of Ottawa for her doctoral studies, which were supported by a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the uOttawa Excellence Award. During her doctoral studies, she was selected as a 2019 Global Fellow of the Institute of Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Professor Szilagyi is passionate about legal education and effective legal pedagogy, with an eye to increasing access for first generation students and historically minoritized groups. Before joining Robson Hall, Professor Szilagyi was a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). While still a full-time doctoral student, she taught courses in Contract Law, Privacy Law, Law and Technology, and Intellectual Property Advocacy. She also supervised directed research projects in the technology law space and coached three intellectual property moot court teams: the Oxford International IP Moot, the Fox IP Moot, and the Copyright Policy Moot. She remains an Associate Member of the uOttawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society.
- Law and Technology
- Artificial Intelligence
- Algorithmic Decision-Making
- Autonomous Weapons
- A Bundle of Blockchains? Digitally Disrupting Property Law (2018) 48 Cumberland Law Review 9.
- Evitable Conflicts, Inevitable Technologies? The Science and Fiction of Robotic Warfare and IHL, (2018) 14:1 Law, Culture and the Humanities 45.
- Asleep at the Switch: How Lethal Autonomous Robots Become a Force Multiplier of Military Necessity, in M. Froomkin, R. Calo, I. Kerr, (eds) Robot Law (Northampton: EE Publishing, 2016).
- Member, Canadian Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Ethical Design Lab (CRAiEDL)
- Member, Open African Innovation Research Network (OpenAIR)
- Associate Member, uOttawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society
- Co-Chair, We Robot Conference, 2020
- Global Fellow, Institute of Technology and Society, Rio de Janeiro, 2019
- Member, Law Society of Ontario
- Reviewer for various academic journals & conferences