Caroline Hunter



Professor Caroline Hunter  BA (Oxon), PG Dip., Barrister

Head of School

I joined York Law School in 2008.

Previously, I worked at the University of Manchester, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Nottingham. I have also been a guest scholar at the Law School, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.

Prior to my academic career, I worked as a barrister and developed a specialist practice in relation to housing and local government. 



  • ESRC funded project looking at the use of medical evidence in homelessness cases which is part of a larger project considering the governance of the homeless which will be part of a book entitled: Governing the homeless: law, governance and plurality at the margins. This book, jointly authored with Helen Carr (University of Kent) is to be published in 2013 and will argue that the governance of the single homelessness involves complex intersections of law, science, politics, religion, ethics and the limits of existence itself.
  • Solar panels, home owners, leases and mortgages: the place of legal documents in the actor network of home ownership. This paper for the “Exploring the legal in socio-legal Studies conference”, September 2012 explores the interaction between government policies to encourage the use of solar panels on domestic dwellings and the limitations contained in long leases of properties.


Selected publications

  • Hunter C. (ed) (2012) Integrating socio-legal studies into the law curriculum (Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Carr H and Hunter C. (2012) “Are Judicial Approaches to Adult Social Care at a Dead-end?” Social and Legal Studies  21(1) 73-92
  • Cowan D. and Hunter C. (2012) “’Yeah but, no but’ – Pinnock  and Powell in the Supreme Court” Modern Law Review 75(1) 78-91
  • Cowan D., Hunter C., Pawson H. (2012) "Jurisdication and scale: rent arrears, social housing and human rights" Journal of Law and Society 39(2) 269-295
  • Carr H. and Hunter C. (2010) “YL Judgment” in Hunter R, McGlynn C. and Rackley E. (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice  Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp.318-328
  • Flint J. and Hunter C. (2010) “Governing by Civil Order: Towards new frameworks of support, coercion and sanction?” in Smith G., Quirk H and Seddon T. (eds) Regulation and Criminal Justice: developing a New Framework for Research and Policy Development Cambridge: CUP, pp.192-210
  • Hunter C. (2010) “The right to housing in the UK” Istituzioni del federalismo Rivista di studi giuridici e politici  Vol 3/4, pp. 313-324
  • Carr H., Cowan D., Hunter C. and Wallace A. (2010) Tenure rights and responsibilities York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Pawson H., Sosenko F., Cowan D., Croft J., Cole M., Hunter C. (2010) Rent Arrears Management Practices in the Housing Association Sector  Tenants Services Authority
  • Hunter C., Nixon J., Parr S. (2010) “Mother abuse: a matter of youth justice, child welfare or domestic violence” Journal of Law and Society, 37(2), pp. 264-84
  • Arden A., Partington M, Hunter C. (1994) Housing Law Sweet and Maxwell (loose-leaf updated bi-annually)

External activities


  • Part-time tribunal judge – Residential Property Tribunal
  • Executive member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
  • Door tenancy at Arden Chambers, London.
  • Trainer on legal issues for a number of organisations including Legal Action Group and in-house for social landlords.
  • External Examiner, University of Leeds

Editorial duties

  • Deputy General Editor Journal of Housing Law


Other teaching

  • Public Law 2 (module convenor)
  • Property 1
  • Public Law 1
  • Optional modules in Anti-social behaviour law and policy and Housing policy and Law (with Stuart Lowe Department of Social Policy and Social Work)

Contact details

Prof. Caroline Hunter
York Law School

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5806