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Mitchell McInnes, BA, LLB (Alberta), LLM (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)



About Me

Professor Mitchell McInnes joined the Faculty of Law in 2005. He previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Melbourne, and Deakin University in Australia. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and served as a Legal Research Officer with the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Professor McInnes’ research focuses on Unjust Enrichment, Restitution, Trusts, Torts, Contracts, and Remedies. He is the author of The Canadian Law of Unjust Enrichment and Restitution (2014), co-author of Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business (2002, 2006, 2010, 2013), Oosterhoff on Trusts: Text, Commentary and Cases on Trusts(2004, 2009), Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts (2000, 2003, 2007, 2011), and Cases and Materials on the Law of Restitution(2004), and editor of Understanding Unjust Enrichment (2006) and Restitution: Developments in Unjust Enrichment (1996).

In addition, Professor McInnes has published more than one hundred articles, comments, and reviews in leadingjournals, including the Law Quarterly Review, theCambridge Law Journal, the Canadian Bar Review, and the University of Toronto Law Journal. His work has been relied upon by a number of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Professor McInnes has received the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the University of Alberta’s highest teaching award (2011), and theTevie H Miller Teaching Excellence Award, the Faculty of Law’s highest teaching award (2008). While teaching at the University of Western Ontario, he received the University of Western Ontario’s Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Legal Society’s Professor of the Year, and the Edward G Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been recognized by McLean’s magazine as one of Canada’s leading university teachers.


  • Unjust Enrichment

  • Tort Law

  • Contract Law

  • Trusts