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Securing Cybercourts: The Security Implications of Digital Justice

Date & Time:
January 30, 2012 | 3:00 pm
Biological Sciences, Room 587
Nicolas W. Vermeys


Whether through the use of efiling, ODR, electronic case management or any other number of technological innovations, courts across the country and around the world are turning towards information technology to streamline the judicial process and, hopefully, make it more efficient and accessible. Such an undertaking should however take into account a series of factors often overlooked such as how technology will influence our relationship with the legal system and how the data and metadata generated through the use of such technologies should be controlled and protected. This lecture will focus on the importance of these issues and how they need to be addressed if we wish to go forward with the modernisation of the judicial process through the implementation of cyberjustice solutions.


Nicolas W. Vermeys, LL. B. (Université de Montréal), LL. M. (Université de Montréal), LL. D. (Université de Montréal), CISSP, is a professor at the Université de Montréal’s Faculté de droit, the codirector of the maîtrise en commerce électronique (an e-commerce masters’ program offered by the Université de Montréal’S Faculté de droit in collaboration with HEC Montréal and theDépartement d’informatique et de recherche opérationnelle de l’Université de Montréal) and the associate director of theCyberjustice Laboratory. He also serves as a legal advisor for the law firm of Legault Joly Thiffault and as a lecturer for the École Polytechnique de Montréal. Mr. Vermeys is a certified information system security professional (CISSP) as recognised by (ISC)2, and is the author of numerous publications relating to the impact of technology on the law, including Actes illicites sur Internet : Qui et comment poursuivre? (Yvon Blais, 2011), Responsabilité civile et sécurité informationnelle (Yvon Blais, 2010), and Virus informatiques : Responsables et responsabilité (Thémis, 2006). He is also a columnist for Éditions Yvon Blais’ Droit civil en ligne(DCL) service and serves as a member of the Scientific Panel of different law journals, including Lex Electronica, for which he served as editor-in-chief from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Vermeys’ research focuses on legal issues pertaining to information security, developments in the field of cyberjustice, and other questions relating to the impact of technological innovations on the law. He is often invited to speak on these topics by the media, and regularly lectures for judges, lawyers, professional orders, and government organizations, in Canada and abroad.