John D. McCamus, BA, MA, LLB, LLM, LSM, LLD (Hon), FRSC, is a professor of law and university professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, a faculty which he served as dean from 1982 to 1987. He is a member of the Ontario Bar. Prior to joining the faculty at Osgoode, he spent a year as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for Chief Justice Laskin.
At Osgoode, his principal areas of research and teaching have included private law, especially restitution and contract; commercial law; and information practices law. His published work includes numerous books, articles, and government reports on these and other topics; a text, co-authored with the late Peter D. Maddaugh, The Law of Restitution, 2d ed. (Aurora, ON: Canada Law Book, 2004); and a casebook, Cases and Materials on Contracts, 4th ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2010), co-edited with Professors Waddams, Neyers, Waldron, and Girgis. From 1990 to 1993, he was a member and then, from 1993 to 1996, chair, of the Ontario Law Reform Commission. In 1998, he was appointed by the American Law Institute to the Advisory Committee for the recently published Restatement of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment, 3d (2011). Since 2000, he has been an associated scholar in the Toronto office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. From 2007, he has served as chair of Legal Aid Ontario.