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Researcher biography

Kit Barker joined the School of Law in 2006, having previously worked at Southampton University in the United Kingdom. He obtained first class honours in jurisprudence at Oxford in 1988 and completed the BCL (with Distinction) at the same institution in 1991. He was admitted to Middle Temple Inn of Court as a Harmsworth scholar and to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. He has acted as an external examiner at the University of London (UCL and Kings Colleges) and at Oxford University and was visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in 1995. His research interests lie in the private law of obligations (tort and unjust enrichment law in particular), with particular interest in its doctrine, philosophical foundations and remedies and has published widely in the fields of tort, restitution and unjust enrichment. More recently, his work has examined the interface between private law and public law and policy. He acted as Associate Dean (Research) at the TC Beirne School of Law between 2007 and 2010. He is currently the regional editor for Australia of the Restitution Law Review and assistant editor of the Torts Law Journal. He is co-author of Unjust Enrichment (Sydney, Lexis Nexis, Butterworths, 2008) and The Law of Torts in Australia (5th ed, 2011, OUP) and an editor and contributor to four of essays: Private Law: Key Encounters with Public Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013), The Law of Misstatements: 50 Years on from Hedley Byrne v Heller (Hart Publishing, 2015); Private Law and Power (Hart Publishing, 2016, forthcoming) and Private Law in the Twenty-First Century (Hart Publishing, 2016, forthcoming).