Professor Dan Hunter appointed Dean of Swinburne Law School

Tuesday 19 August 2014

A low angle photograph of Swinburne University of Technology signage on the Advanced Technologies Centre building in Hawthorn.

Professor Dan Hunter will join Swinburne University of Technology in November 2014 as inaugural Dean of the newly-formed Swinburne Law School.

An international expert in internet law, intellectual property, and cognitive science models of law, Professor Hunter has held tenured positions at Queensland University of Technology, New York Law School, the University of Melbourne Law School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Professor Hunter is a perfect fit for Swinburne, combining dedicated expertise in intellectual property, online environments, business innovation and public policy.

“He will facilitate collaboration and engagement across our business, science, humanities and law departments,” Michael Gilding, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Enterprise said.

Swinburne Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson said Swinburne Law School is an exciting venture that is linked to the university’s vision to be a leader in science, technology and innovation.

“Increasingly we are seeing technology intersect with law. We want to educate our students for the future and Swinburne Law School’s intention to focus on innovation, creativity and intellectual property will complement this,” Professor Kristjanson said.

Professor Hunter said he was both honoured and delighted to be appointed inaugural Dean of Swinburne Law School.

“I cannot wait to bring my experience and skills to build a new school.

“This is an exciting time of great change in legal education and legal practice, and the university’s vision for the school promises to capitalise on these opportunities," Professor Hunter said. 

Professor Hunter holds a PhD from Cambridge on the nature of legal reasoning, as well as computer science and law degrees from Monash University and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne. He has taught at Cambridge University and Deakin University.

Professor Hunter regularly publishes on the theory of intellectual property and on the intersection of computers and law. He is the author of The Oxford Introductions to U.S.  Law: Intellectual Property and the co-author of books on gamification and intelligent legal systems.

His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Australian Research Council.

He has been a judge for the resolution of domain name disputes for the World Intellectual Property Organization and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, a Smithsonian Fellowship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, a Herchel Smith Research Fellowship in Intellectual Property Law and a Science Commons Fellowship.