Macdonald-Laurier Institute


Social media responsibility and free speech: a new approach for dealing with ‘Internet harms'

There are increasing demands from the public, media and politicians for some imposition of order on the Internet, much of which focuses on the management of speech. This paper outlines some of the primary pressures Canadians are facing in terms of censorship, algorithms, data collection...

Protecting innocents in combat

This paper discusses the use of humans as shields - that is, the use of innocent civilians by terrorist groups and other actors, to shield military objects from attack. Using human shields is a war crime, but it is still pervasive and used with impunity...

Not immune: exploring liability of authoritarian regimes for the COVID-19 pandemic and its cover-up

This publication examines the full extent to which authoritarian regimes like China and Iran are legally liable for the COVID-19 disaster, and what can be done to hold them accountable.

How pandemic modelling failed policy-makers, and how to do better

The existing models for epidemics, which were used to trigger lockdowns around the globe in response to COVID-19, seem to have missed the mark in terms of predicting the spread of the virus and informing good public policy. But why did this happen, and how...
Discussion paper

Dealing with the new China: how Canada can reset its relations with Beijing

With Canada facing issues similar to what are currently occurring in Australia, this discussion piece argues for a new China strategy that stands up for Canada’s national integrity.