Chris Hunt

Associate Professor

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

Dr. Hunt joined TRU Law as a founding faculty member in 2012 and was promoted to associate professor in 2016. Prior to joining TRU Law, he obtained his LLB from Robson Hall, graduating first in his class. He clerked for the justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and practiced in the commercial litigation group of a large Vancouver law firm. He earned his LLM and PhD at the University of Cambridge (Gonville & Caius College), funded through the W.M. Tapp Fellowship. He taught Contract Law at Cambridge in the 2010-11 academic year. While at TRU Law, Dr. Hunt has been twice awarded the Teaching Excellence Prize by the TRU Student Law Society (2012-13; 2013-4). In 2018, he received the President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship, a university-wide recognition of "excellence in scholarship over a sustained period of time that represents a significant contribution to the field of inquiry".

Dr. Hunt's research covers three areas. His primary research interest concerns the law of privacy, especially in the tort context. His privacy scholarship has been cited extensively in the academic community, as well as by the Supreme Court of Canada, the Australian Law Reform Commission, and the Law Commission of Ontario. In 2013, he was awarded the David Watson Prize by Queen's Faculty of Law for two of his papers judged to make the "most significant contribution to legal scholarship" that year. His work on privacy has appeared in many leading journals in Canada and abroad, including: the Cambridge Law Journal, the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, the McGill Law Journal, the Queen's Law Journal, the Alberta Law Review and the New Zealand Law Journal.

Dr. Hunt's second research interest concerns the law of obligations, especially contract law, unjust enrichment law and equitable wrongdoing, particularly breach of confidence. His scholarship in these areas has appeared in the Cambridge Law Journal, the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, the Intellectual Property Quarterly, the UBC Law Review, and the Canadian Business Law Journal.

Dr. Hunt also researches and writes about recent developments in the law of evidence. He has published several papers in the International Journal of Evidence & Proof, and is currently editing a collection of scholarly essays concerning evidential privileges which will be published as a book in 2019 by Thompson Reuters Press.

Along with professors Robert Diab and Lorne Neudorf (University of Adelaide), Dr. Hunt is founding 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 each year on various legal topics.

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. He regularly supervises JD students in directed research projects relating to his fields of expertise.

 Publications
Books
  1. C. Hunt, L. Neudorf and M. Rankin, The Annotated Guide to the British Columbia Interpretation Act (Toronto: Carswell, 2017)
  2. C. Hunt, L. Neudorf, and M. Rankin (Eds.), Legislating Statutory Interpretation: Perspectives from the Common Law World (forthcoming, 2018 Thompson Reuters)
  3. C. Hunt (ed.), Perspectives on Evidentiary Privileges (forthcoming, 2019 Thompson Reuters)
Articles
  1. Hunt, C., Neudorf, L., and Rankin, M. (2018). 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 (forthcoming, 2018 Thompson Reuters)
  2. 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
  3. C. Hunt, "Reasonable Expectations of Privacy in Canadian Tort Law" (2018) 84 Supreme Court Law Review 269 (invited paper delivered at the Canadian Law of Obligations Conference)
  4. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, “The Principled Approach to Hearsay Revisited” (2017) 22(1) International Journal of Evidence & Proof 68
  5. 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
  6. C. Hunt and N. Shirazian, “Canada’s Statutory Privacy Torts in Commonwealth Perspective” (2016) Oxford University Comparative Law Forum 3
  7. C. Hunt and L. Neudorf, “The Expert Witness’s Duty of Impartiality” (2016) 20 International Journal of Evidence & Proof 72
  8. C. Hunt, “Wilkinson v Downton Revisited” (2015) 74:3 Cambridge Law Journal 392
  9. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, “Anonymity, the Rule of Law and the Shriveling of the Biographical Core” (2015) 61:1 McGill Law Journal 193
  10. 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)
  11. 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)
  12. C. Hunt,“Good Faith in Canadian Contract Law” (2015) 74:1 Cambridge Law Journal 4
  13. C. Hunt and M. Rankin,“A New Common Law Confessions Rule” (2014) 14:2 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 321
  14. C. Hunt and C. Bell, "Employer Monitoring of Employee Conduct Outside the Workplace: Not Taking Privacy Seriously?" (2015) 18(2) Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal 411
  15. C. Hunt, "From Right to Wrong: Grounding ‘Right’ to Privacy in the ‘Wrongs’ of Tort" (2015) 52:3 Alberta Law Review 635
  16. C. Hunt, "The Future of Privacy: The Conflict with Free Speech" (2015) 43:3 Advocates' Quarterly 391
  17. C. Hunt, "Privacy in New Zealand's Civil Law" (2014) New Zealand Law Journal 286
  18. C. Hunt, "Mens Rea, Breach of Confidence and the Implications for England’s Privacy ‘Tort’" (2013) 72 Cambridge Law Journal 504
  19. C. Hunt and M. Rankin, "Hearsay by Implication" (2014) 18 International Journal of Evidence and Proof 181
  20. C. Hunt, "New Zealand's New Privacy Tort in Comparative Perspective" (2013) 13:1 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 157
  21. 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
  22. C. Hunt, "Balancing the Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech: A European Perspective" (2012) 9 Canadian Privacy Law Review 117
  23. C. Hunt, "Contempt of Court and the Internet" (2012) 71 Cambridge Law Journal 24
  24. 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
  25. C. Hunt, "Strasbourg on Privacy Injunctions" (2011) 70 Cambridge Law Journal 489
  26. C. Hunt, "Constitutional Damages in the Supreme Court of Canada" (2011) 7 Cambridge Student Law Review 115
  27. C. Hunt, "Rethinking Surreptitious Takings in the Law of Confidence" (2011) Intellectual Property Quarterly 66
  28. C. Hunt, "The Decline of Juristic Reasons? Unjust Enrichment and the Supreme Court of Canada" (2010) 43 University of British Columbia Law Review 173
  29. 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
  30. C. Hunt, "The Civilian Orientation of Canadian Unjust Enrichment Law: A Reply to Professor McCamus" (2010) 43 Canadian Business Law Journal 498
  31. C. Hunt, "Malicious Prosecution Refined by the Supreme Court of Canada: Miazga v. Kvello Estate" (2010) 6 Cambridge Student Law Review 321
  32. C. Hunt, "The Contributorily Negligent Beneficiary" (2010) 68 The Advocate 373
  33. C. Hunt, "Unjust Enrichment as Absence of Basis: A Critical Evaluation with Lessons from Canada" (2009) Oxford University Comparative Law Forum 6
  34. C. Hunt, "Is There a Rule Against Impeaching Witnesses With Their Own Affidavits?" (2008) 66 The Advocate 701
  35. 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 The Law of Personal Privacy" (Forthcoming, 2017 Cambridge Law Journal)
  2. 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.
  3. C. Hunt, “Review of P. O’Callaghan, Refining Privacy in Tort Law” (2014) 73 Cambridge Law Journal 178

    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, 2019) Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, "Animals and the Law"
  2. (2018) 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
  3. (2017) Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, “Problems of Interpretive in International Law” (350 pp. approx.), Foreword by Justice Lebel, Supreme Court of Canada (ret.)
  4. (2016) 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
  5. (2015) 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)