Chris Hunt

Associate Professor

BA (Mt. Allison), LLB (Manitoba), LLM (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)

Prior to joining TRU Law in 2012, Dr. Hunt obtained his LLB from Robson Hall, graduating first in his class, and his LLM and PhD from Cambridge University. He clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia and practiced commercial litigation at Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver. While at TRU Law, Dr. Hunt has been twice awarded the Teaching Excellence Prize by the Student Law Society (2012-13; 2013-4), and in 2019 he received the University wide Faculty Excellence Award in recognition of “outstanding teaching contributions”. In 2018, he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Dr. Hunt’s primary research interest concerns the law of privacy, especially in the tort context. His privacy scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and in Law Reform Commission reports in Australia, New Zealand, Ontario, and the European Parliament. In 2013, he received the David Watson Prize from Queen’s Faculty of Law for two articles making the “most significant contribution to legal scholarship” that year. His privacy scholarship has appeared in the Cambridge Law Journal, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, McGill Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal, the Alberta Law Review, and the Supreme Court Law Review.

Dr. Hunt’s second research interest concerns the law of obligations, especially contract law, unjust enrichment and equitable wrongdoing. His work has been cited by the Quebec Court of Appeal, and appeared in Cambridge Law Journal, Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Intellectual Property Quarterly, UBC Law Review, Supreme Court Law Review, and the Canadian Business Law Journal.

Dr. Hunt also writes about developments in the law of evidence, and has published several papers in the International Journal of Evidence & Proof and Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and recently edited a book titled Perspectives on Evidentiary Privileges (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2019). His evidence scholarship has been cited by the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Along with Professors Robert Diab (TRU Law) and Lorne Neudorf (University of Adelaide), Dr. Hunt is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, a thematic academic law review housed at TRU Law that publishes scholarly essays annually concentrating on a different legal topic.

Dr. Hunt currently teaches Contract Law in the first year curriculum as well as Unjust Enrichment, Evidence, and Law Journal in the upper year curriculum.

 Publications
Books
  1. C. Hunt (ed.), Perspectives on Evidentiary Privileges (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2019), Foreword by Justice Martin (Supreme Court of Canada)
  2. C. Hunt, L. Neudorf, and M. Rankin (eds.), Legislating Statutory Interpretation: Perspectives from the Common Law World (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2018), Foreword by Justice Cromwell (ret.) (Supreme Court of Canada)
  3. C. Hunt, L. Neudorf and M. Rankin, The Annotated Guide to the British Columbia Interpretation Act (Toronto: Carswell, 2017), Foreword by Justice Arnold-Bailey (ret.)(Supreme Court of British Columbia)
Articles, Chapters & Comments
  1. C. Hunt, "Unconscionability Three Ways: Consent, Unfairness and Exploitation" (forthcoming, Supreme Court Law Review, 2019) (invited paper delivered at the Second Canadian law of Obligations Conference)
  2. C. Hunt, "Rethinking Marital Privilege" in C. Hunt (ed.), Perspectives on Evidentiary Privileges (Toronto: Thompson Reuters, 2019)
  3. C. Hunt, Neudorf, L., and Rankin, M., "Legislating Statutory Interpretation: The Parliamentary Regulation of Judicial Discretion" in C. Hunt, L. Neudorf, and M. Rankin (eds.), Legislating Statutory Interpretation: Perspectives from the Common Law World (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2018)
  4. C. Hunt and M. Javdan, "Apparitions of Doctrines Past: Fundamental Breach and Exculpatory Clauses in the Post-Tercon Jurisprudence" (2018) 60 Canadian Business Law Journal 309
    Cited by the Quebec Court of Appeal in 6362222 Canada inc. c. Prelco inc., 2019 QCCA 1457
  5. C. Hunt, "Reasonable Expectations of Privacy in Canadian Tort Law" (2018) 84 Supreme Court Law Review 269 (invited paper delivered at the Inaugural Canadian Law of Obligations Conference)
  6. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, "The Principled Approach to Hearsay Revisited" (2017) 22(1) International Journal of Evidence & Proof 68
    Quoted in R v Tsega, 2019 ONCA 111, at para. 28
  7. C. Hunt, "Halley v McCann: Reflections on The Development of Ontario’s Tort of Wrongful Disclosure of Private Information" (2017) 14 Canadian Privacy Law Review 148
  8. C. Hunt and N. Shirazian, "Canada’s Statutory Privacy Torts in Commonwealth Perspective" (2016) Oxford University Comparative Law Forum 3
  9. C. Hunt and L. Neudorf, "The Expert Witness’s Duty of Impartiality" (2016) 20 International Journal of Evidence & Proof 72
  10. C. Hunt, "Wilkinson v Downton Revisited" (2015) 74:3 Cambridge Law Journal 392
  11. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, "Anonymity, the Rule of Law and the Shriveling of the Biographical Core" (2015) 61:1 McGill Law Journal 193
  12. C. Hunt, "The Common Law’s Hodgepodge Protection of Privacy" (2015) 66 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 161 (invited paper as part of symposium on privacy law)
  13. C. Hunt and L. Hamill, "Building the Pyramid: Unjust Factors and Juristic Reasons in the Decade Following Garland v Consumers’ Gas" (2015) 57:1 Canadian Business Law Journal 58 (invited paper as part of symposium on Garland’s ten year anniversary)
  14. C. Hunt, "Good Faith Performance in Canadian Contract Law" (2015) 74:1 Cambridge Law Journal 4
  15. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, "A New Common Law Confessions Rule" (2014) 14:2 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 321
  16. C. Hunt and C. Bell, "Employer Monitoring of Online Employee Conduct Outside the Workplace: Not Taking Privacy Seriously?" (2015) 18(2) Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 411 (invited paper as part of symposium on Law and the Contemporary Workplace, by Queen’s University Faculty of Law)
  17. C. Hunt, "From Right to Wrong: Grounding ‘Right’ to Privacy in the ‘Wrongs’ of Tort" (2015) 52:3 Alberta Law Review 635
  18. C. Hunt, "The Future of Privacy: The Conflict with Free Speech" (2015) 43:3 Advocates' Quarterly 391
  19. C. Hunt, "Privacy in New Zealand's Civil Law" (2014) New Zealand Law Journal 286
  20. C. Hunt, "Mens Rea, Breach of Confidence and the Implications for England’s Privacy 'Tort'" (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 504
  21. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, "Hearsay by Implication" (2014) 18 International Journal of Evidence & Proof 181
  22. C. Hunt, "New Zealand's New Privacy Tort in Comparative Perspective" (2013) 13:1 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 157
  23. C. Hunt, "Privacy in the Common Law: A Critical Appraisal of the Ontario Court of Appeal's Decision in Jones v. Tsige" (2012) 37:2 Queen's Law Journal 665

    Winner, David Watson Memorial Award, for article published in the QLJ judged to make the 'most significant contribution to legal scholarship'

    Quoted by the Australian Law Reform Commission Final Report on 'Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era', June 2014, at para.5.84
  24. C. Hunt, "Balancing the Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech: A European Perspective" (2012) 9 Canadian Privacy Law Review 117
  25. C. Hunt, "Contempt of Court and the Internet" (2012) 71 Cambridge Law Journal 24
  26. C. Hunt, "Conceptualizing Privacy and Elucidating its Importance: Foundational Considerations for the Development of Canada's Fledgling Privacy Tort" (2011) 37:1 Queen's Law Journal 167

    Winner, David Watson Memorial Award, for article published in the QLJ judged to make the 'most significant contribution to legal scholarship'

    Quoted and endorsed by the Supreme Court of Canada in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, at para. 22

    Cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43, at para. 35
  27. C. Hunt, "Strasbourg on Privacy Injunctions" (2011) 70 Cambridge Law Journal 489
  28. C. Hunt, "Constitutional Damages in the Supreme Court of Canada" (2011) 7 Cambridge Student Law Review 115
  29. C. Hunt, "Rethinking Surreptitious Takings in the Law of Confidence" (2011) Intellectual Property Quarterly 66
  30. C. Hunt, "The Decline of Juristic Reasons? Unjust Enrichment and the Supreme Court of Canada" (2010) 43 University of British Columbia Law Review 173
  31. C. Hunt, "England’s Common Law Action for the Misuse of Private Information: Some Negative and Positive Lessons for Canada" (2010) 7 Canadian Privacy Law Review 113
  32. C. Hunt, "The Civilian Orientation of Canadian Unjust Enrichment Law: A Reply to Professor McCamus" (2010) 43 Canadian Business Law Journal 498
  33. C. Hunt, "Malicious Prosecution Refined by the Supreme Court of Canada: Miazga v. Kvello Estate" (2010) 6 Cambridge Student Law Review 321
  34. C. Hunt, "The Contributorily Negligent Beneficiary" (2010) 68 The Advocate 373
  35. C. Hunt, "Unjust Enrichment as Absence of Basis: A Critical Evaluation with Lessons from Canada" (2009) Oxford University Comparative Law Forum 6
  36. C. Hunt, "Is There a Rule Against Impeaching Witnesses With Their Own Affidavits?" (2008) 66 The Advocate 701
  37. C. Hunt and Honourable M. Gropper, "Judicial Review of Labour Arbitration Awards in British Columbia" (2008) National Judicial Institute 3
Book Reviews
  1. C. Hunt, "Review of Privacy Revisited: A Global Perspective on the Right to be Left Alone" (2017) 6:1 Canadian Journal of Human Rights 197.
  2. C. Hunt, “Review of P. O’Callaghan, Refining Privacy in Tort Law” (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 178
  3. Quoted by the Australian Law Reform Commission Final Report on 'Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era', June 2014, at para. 5.27
  4. C. Hunt, “Review of Privacy and Media Freedom” (2014), 73 Cambridge Law Journal 649
  5. C. Hunt, "Review of Gurry on Breach of Confidence: The Protection of Confidential Information (2nd)" (2012) 53:2 Canadian Business Law Journal 298
Edited Collections of the CJCCL
  1. (forthcoming, 2020) 6 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Legal Issues Affecting the Charitable and Non-Profit Landscape"
  2. (2019) 5 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Animals and the Law" (320 pp. approx.), Foreword by Senator Murray Sinclair
  3. (2018) 4 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Privacy, Identity, and Control: Emerging Issues in Data Protection" (350 pp. approx.), Foreword by Justice Abella, Supreme Court of Canada
  4. (2017) 3 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Problems of Interpretation in International Law” (350 pp. approx.), Foreword by Justice Lebel, Supreme Court of Canada (ret.)
  5. (2016) 2 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Equity in the 21st Century: Problems and Perspectives" Issues 1 & 2 (750 pp. approx.), Foreword by Justice Brown, Supreme Court of Canada
  6. (2015) 1 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Health Law and Human Rights" (420 pp. approx.), Foreword by Dean Sossin, Osgoode Hall
Chris Hunt
Contact

Office: OM 4769
Email:
chunt@tru.ca
Phone:
778-471-8359

Courses
  • Contract Law (LAWF 3030)
  • Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (LAWF 3990)
  • Evidence (LAWF 3920)
  • Unjust Enrichment (LAWF 3650)