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Levin, Dr. Avner


Associate Professor and Chair, Law & Business Department

Director, Ryerson University Law Centre

Director, Privacy & Cyber Crime Institute


SJD(Doctor of Juridical Science), University of Toronto, 2000
LLM(Master of Law), University of Toronto, 1995
LLB(Bachelor of Law), Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1994
BSc(Physics), Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1994
Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering  Excellence, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1992

 Scholarships and Awards (Selected):

2010-2011Faculty of Law Cegla Visiting Scholar, Tel-Aviv University
2006Promotion, Associate Professor, Ryerson University
2006Tenure (early), Ryerson University
2002Professional Development Grant, Ryerson University
1998Faculty of Law Fellowship, University of Toronto
1997-2000Open Fellowship, University of Toronto
1997-1999Faculty of Law Alumni Award, University of Toronto
1995-1997Faculty of Law Abel Fellowship, University of Toronto
1995-1996Differential Fee Waiver, University of Toronto
1995Alan Marks Medal for Best Graduate Thesis, University of Toronto
1990-1992Tuition Waiver, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
1990-1992Excellence Stipend, Tel-Aviv University, Israel


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Dr. Avner Levin is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Chair of the Law & Business Department. He heads Ryerson University’s Law Research Centre which focuses on research related to law and legal education. He is also the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, a centre for research related to privacy and cybercrime. During the 2012-2013 academic year Professor Levin served as Ryerson University’s Interim Vice-Provost of Faculty Affairs and as Interim Assistant Vice-President of Human Resources. He is an alumnus of Tel-Aviv University, holding a B.Sc. and LL.B. degree, and of the University of Toronto, holding an LL.M. and S.J.D.

Professor Levin’s research interests include the protection and legal regulation of personal and
private information, both locally and internationally. Among his recent research areas are social media, online advertising, the workplace, mobile devices, corporate risk management, electronic health records and the smart electricity grid. He has been a recipient of funding from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Public Safety Canada and Industry Canada.

Professor Levin has published his work in journals such as the American Business Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the International Journal of Information Security
and the Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law. He is the co-author, with Mr. Howard Simkevitz of the “The Law of Employee Use of Technology” and is a frequent commentator on these topics in the media.

Research Interests:

Avner Levin researches privacy. His specific interests include the legal regulation and protection of privacy and personal information in various sectors across jurisdictions, both within Canada and internationally. He has researched privacy and surveillance in the workplace, and privacy online and in social media. Professor Levin’s work has been funded by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Contributions Program, and has received widespread media attention in Canada.

Current Courses:

LAW122  Business Law

Professional Affiliations:

Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Member
Journal of Employment and Labor Law, Articles Editor
Information and Access Privacy Professionals, Advisory Board Member
Ontario Ministry of Small Business and Consumer Services, Advisory Council Member

Selected Publications & Presentations:

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