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Defamation law challenges even those who consider themselves to be experts. And it is becoming increasingly more complex. Are you ready for the next file that crosses your desk?

Defamation law and the related procedural issues involve a myriad of challenging decisions, many of which must be made under tight timelines. The internet has only added to the increasing complexity of the issues. If you are going to successfully bring or defend a defamation action, you need dedicated knowledge and skills. In one intensive day, our experts will equip you with what you need to effectively navigate defamation law in 2019. Dive into:

  • Playbook for mounting and defending Anti-SLAPP motions
  • Cyber-Libel & Defamation in the Digital Age, including: special considerations for bringing and defending “Twibel” cases
  • Remedies in Defamation Cases – everything you need to know and why
  • Emerging issues, including: The right to be forgotten & Is privacy the NEW defamation?

PLUS:  For counsel who are new to this area, or those who may benefit from a refresher, acquire the key foundations in our intensive OnDemand primer:  Anatomy of a Defamation Case


Program Chair

  • Justin Safayeni, Stockwoods LLP


  • Ren Bucholz, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Carlo J. Di Carlo, Stockwoods LLP
  • Mark Donald, Mark Donald Law
  • Iris Fischer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Katarina Germani, CBC Law Department
  • Ryder Gilliland, DMG Advocates LLP
  • Julia L. Lefebvre, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Andrew W. MacDonald, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Iain MacKinnon, Linden & Associates
  • Tycho Manson, Chernos Flaherty Svonkin
  • Gord McGuire, Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP
  • Brendan F. Morrison, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Tae Mee Park, Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP
  • Erin Pleet, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP
  • Kaley Pulfer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Mark A. Wiffen, Wiffen Litigation
  • Howard Winkler, Winkler Dispute Resolution
  • Alexi N. Wood, St. Lawrence Barristers LLP
  • Maanit Zemel, Zemel van Kampen LLP


Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Alison Hurst at AHurst@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

Primer (On Demand)
April 1, 2019
Register for Primer only
Primer is now available!
*The Primer will take approximately 2 hours to complete*

1 Day Program
April 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Register for 1-day program only 

Online Replay
May 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Register for Online Replay

Register for Online Replay + Primer 


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

Primer Only 
$195 + HST

1 Day Program Only 
$695 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $347.50 + HST

Bundle Price (Primer + 1 Day Program)
$795 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $397.50 + HST

Register for Primer + 1 Day Program

Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Civil litigators (plaintiffs’ and defendants’ counsel)
  • In-house litigation counsel / Corporate Counsel
  • General practitioners

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