Hilary Young is a Professor in the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Law. She obtained her Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University, an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. She clerked for Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced civil litigation at Cox & Palmer in Halifax before beginning her academic career.
Dr. Young’s research and teaching interests include defamation, tort, remedies and health law. She is one of Canada's leading defamation scholars and has published on other topics including the non-consensual disclosure of intimate images, informed consent to medical treatment, genetic privacy, and a tort of terrorism.
Her work has been cited by courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has been funded by granting agencies including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.