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QUT Faculty of Law appoints Professor Dan Hunter as Executive Dean

1st August 2019

Professor Dan Hunter will take up the position of Executive Dean of QUT’s Faculty of Law from 1 November 2019.

Professor Hunter is Founding Dean at Swinburne Law School and is an international expert in internet law, intellectual property, and cognitive science models of law.

Before his appointment at Swinburne University of Technology, Professor Hunter was Head of the Intellectual Property and Innovation Program at QUT, and was the general editor of the QUT Law Review.

As an international leader in his discipline, Professor Hunter has taught at various national and international institutions, including the New York Law School, The University of Melbourne, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cambridge, and Deakin University. He was a barrister and solicitor prior to working in academia.

During his career, Professor Hunter has provided inspiring leadership and has demonstrated an extremely impressive scholarly track record.

He has received numerous awards, honours, and research grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Australian Research Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and has been a recipient of a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, a Smithsonian Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, a Herschel Smith Research Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law, and a Science Commons Fellowship.

He holds degrees in Computer Science and Laws with Honours from Monash University, a Master of Laws (by Research) from The University of Melbourne, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

QUT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Sheil said Professor Hunter’s leadership would enable the Law Faculty to consolidate the many gains made under his predecessor Professor John Humphrey’s leadership.

“Professor Hunter will position the Faculty in areas that will be vital for the future practice of Law and the strong ambitions of the School of Justice to understand and enact social change,” Professor Sheil said.

Professor Hunter said he was delighted to be appointed to the role.

"It's a wonderful feeling to be returning to QUT, and to take over such a vibrant and forward-thinking faculty. I look forward to working with the staff, students, alumni and other stakeholders to build on the hard work of Professor Humphrey and others, to help QUT address the future of law and justice studies.”

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