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Howard Owen Hunter

Professor of Law Emeritus and Former Dean Emory Law School


Professor Hunter, a native of Brunswick, Georgia, earned his B. A. (1968) and J. D. (1971) from Yale University.  He served in the US Army and practiced law in Washington, D. C., and in Atlanta, Georgia, before joining the Emory Law School Faculty in 1976.  At Emory he was Associate Dean of the Law School for the academic year 1979-80 and was Dean for twelve years from 1989-2001.  He was Interim Provost of the University from 2001-03 during a period of leadership transition.  In 2004 he retired from Emory and moved to Singapore to become President of a new public university, Singapore Management University. He served in that capacity until 2010 and continued as a Professor of Law until retiring in 2018 as Emeritus Professor of Law and Former President, Singapore Management University.  He has been Recurrent Visiting Professor of Law at the Central European University since 1999.  He also has been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Hong Kong University, and Sydney University.  Together with the late Woodruff Professor of Law Harold Berman, he was Co-Director of the American Law Center in Moscow from 1991-97, which was a joint venture of Emory Law School and the Moscow Law Institute.

Professor Hunter has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1971.  He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and a Non-Resident Member of the New York State Bar Association.  Professor Hunter has served on numerous professional boards and committees, notably the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism (1990-2004) and the Supreme Court Commission on Indigent Defense (2000-2004).  He received the Amicus Curiae Award from the Georgia Supreme Court in 1998 in recognition of service to the profession.  From 2006-2018 he was a member of the Board of the American Arbitration Association.

Professor Hunter is the author of a two volume treatise on contracts, Modern Law of Contracts (Thomson Reuters), several other books on various topics, and scores of articles, book chapters, and reviews on commercial law, constitutional law, educational policy, and competition law.  He has been a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Contract Law since 1988.

Education: JD, Yale University, 1971; BA, Yale University, 1968