Chris Hunt, a 2006 graduate from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, is the recipient of the most prestigious doctoral awarded offered by Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Tenable for the duration of his doctoral studies in law, the W.M. Tapp Fellowship is the largest award offered by Cambridge.
Hunt also received the Cambridge International Scholarship, an award given to the incoming doctoral candidate ranked highest by the Cambridge Faculty of Law.
Hunt studied law at the University of Manitoba Robson Hall where he received numerous prizes and awards for his academic abilities. After a clerkship with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, he received awards from the Law Society of British Columbia and the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust to entice him to complete his studies at Cambridge.
“I think my time at Robson Hall prepared me well both for serving as a law clerk and for my current PhD research,” Hunt says.
“I recall flying to Vancouver during my second year of law school for the clerkship interview and feeling intimidated as I was virtually the only candidate not from UBC or UVic. I was interviewed by a panel of six justices. I got the sense that being from Winnipeg made my application stand out. Two of these justices were also very impressed by the large number of black-letter, doctrinal courses I had taken. Having a broad mandatory curriculum is a real strength of Robson Hall. It attracted me to Robson Hall initially and has benefited me while clerking, practising at the firm and now during my research.”
His research interests lie in the area of privacy, tort and contract law and, in the fall of 2010, Hunt has agreed to teach a course on contract law at Cambridge University. When he completes his PhD in 2012 he intends to enter academia.
“It is not in the least surprising to see Chris earn this honour,” says Lorna Turnbull, acting dean of the Faculty of Law. “He was an excellent student while he was at Robson Hall. He was on the Dean’s Honour List twice and was named a Pitblado scholar, but more importantly he demonstrated an intellectual curiosity and engagement that presaged his exceptional performance at Cambridge.”
For more information contact Sean Moore, public affairs, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (firstname.lastname@example.org).