- Professor Dan Hunter
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Cambridge)
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Professor Dan Hunter is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and was previously the Founding Dean of Swinburne Law School. He is an international expert in internet and intellectual property law, in artificial intelligence and cognitive science models of law, and in legaltech and legal innovation. He 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 by research from the University of Melbourne.
He has taught at law schools in Australia, England and the United States, including Cambridge University, Melbourne Law School, New York Law School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Hunter regularly publishes on artificial intelligence, legal technology, and the theory of intellectual property. His most recent books have been A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (Cambridge), The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Intellectual Property (OUP, 2012) and two books on gamification, The Gamification Toolkit (Wharton Digital, 2015) and For the Win (Wharton Digital, 2012) (which has been translated into ten languages).
He is the recipient of over $34m in grants from numerous sources, including the US 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 has been the recipient of a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, 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.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a chief investigator in the $71M ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. He also founded the Future Law Podcast (http://thefuturelawpodcast.com), which talks about how law is changing during this time of massive disruption.
His current research is focused on innovation and technology within law, notably the use of artificial intelligence in sentencing and criminal justice, the legal implications of the blockchain, innovation processes within the legal profession, and the future of legal practice. He has also undertaken a range of cultural histories of intellectual property in the postwar period, including work on LEGO bricks, Barbie dolls, modernist furniture, and the social significance of luxury handbags.
Dan Hunter teaches classes in Legal Technology, AI & Law, and Legal Innovation. He has taught numerous intellectual property-related classes over the last few years, in the United States, Australia, Israel, Hong Kong and England.
Dan Hunter launched Swinburne Law School in 2014, and brought in the inaugural LLB cohort within three months of accreditation. He made profitable within three years of founding, and attracted LLB student cohorts with school-leaver entrance scores that placed the school either 2nd / 3rd in the state for each year of school’s existence.
He is the co-founder of two startups, one in educational technology (Quitch) and one in legal tech (Settle Easy), both of which successfully raised seed rounds and the latter of which recently closed its Series A round. He is on the founding team and is a director of a third startup in regtech (Fourth Line).
He has been a domain name panelist for the World Intellectual Property Organization, (Geneva, Switzerland), is an external member of MinterEllison‘s Innovation Council, and is the creator and host of The Future Law Podcast, http://thefuturelawpodcast.com.