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Mr Michael J. S. Beauvais

Michael J. S.

Doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, Canada



Michael is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law. He is completing his dissertation on the informational privacy of children from their parents. Michael's research draws from from law, privacy studies, media studies, and childhood studies. He has also published on various ethical and legal issues in data-intensive biomedical research (see key publications and/or his ORCiD profile below). He is a fellow of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society (Toronto) and affiliate of the Information Law Institute (NYU).



  • Beauvais, Michael J.S., and Bartha Maria Knoppers. “Coming Out to Play: Privacy, Data Protection, Children’s Health, and COVID-19 Research.” Frontiers in Genetics 12 (2021).
  • Beauvais, Michael J. S., Adrian Thorogood, Michael J. Szego, Karine Sénécal, Ma’n H. Zawati, and Bartha Maria Knoppers. “Parental Access to Children’s Raw Genomic Data in Canada: Legal Rights and Professional Responsibility.” Frontiers in Genetics 12 (2021).
  • Knoppers, Bartha Maria, and Michael J.S. Beauvais. “Three Decades of Genetic Privacy: A Metaphoric Journey.” Human Molecular Genetics, 30 (2021): R156–60,
  • Beauvais, Michael J. S., Bartha Maria Knoppers, and Judy Illes. “A Marathon, Not a Sprint – Neuroimaging, Open Science and Ethics.” NeuroImage 236 (2021): 118041.


data protection, privacy, media studies, bioethics, human subjects research regulation, genetics, neuroscience
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