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Dr. Sarah Hamill

Assistant Professor (Law)

Dr Sarah Hamill joined Trinity College Dublin in September 2017. She previously worked as a Lecturer at The City Law School, City, University of London, and prior to that she was the Catalyst Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. She holds an LLB Honours from the University of Glasgow, an LLM from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Law from the University of Alberta. Dr Hamill's main areas of research are property law and legal history. She has published widely in both areas. Her research in property law focuses on the interaction of public and private claims in the context of property law. Current work includes an examination of easements of necessity, as well as socio-legal perspectives on property. Dr Hamill's legal history research has focused on the regulation of alcohol in early-twentieth-century Canada and explored how the province of Alberta sought to make its liquor laws effective. This research included an examination of the role plebiscites played in shaping the regulation of alcohol. In addition to her research in property and legal history, Dr Hamill has also published in the area of public law, specifically equality, freedom of expression, and housing. At Trinity, Dr Hamill teaches Private Law Remedies and English Land Law to undergraduate students, as well as leading a final-year dissertation research group on property law and theory.
  Legal History   Property   Property Law   PROPERTY RIGHTS   Property Theory
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Society of Legal Scholars 2017
Canadian Law and Society Association 2010 2018
Socio-Legal Studies Association 2019
Sarah E. Hamill, Review of Legal History, Social & Legal Studies, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sarah E Hamill, Bursting its Bounds: Ownership and the City, University of British Columbia Law Review, 51, (3), 2018, p739 - 772, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sarah E Hamill, Caught between Deference and Indifference: The Right to Housing in Canada, Canadian Journal of Human Rights, 7, (1), 2018, p67 - 95, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Pippa Feinstein & Sarah E. Hamill, The Silencing of LGBTTQQIA Voices in the Litigation over Trinity Western University's Proposed Law School, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, 34, (2), 2017, p156 - 185, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, The Public Right to Fish and the Triumph of Colonial Dispossession in Ireland and Canada, University of British Columbia Law Review, 50, (1), 2017, p53 - 94, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, Sex, Race, and Motel Guests: Another Look at King v Barclay, Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 54, (3), 2017, p851 - 875, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, Community, Property, and Human Rights: The Failure of Property-as-Respect, Journal of Law and Social Policy, 27, 2017, p7 - 28, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, Of Malls and Campuses: The Regulation of University Campuses and Section 2(b) of the Charter, Dalhousie Law Journal, 40, (1), 2017, p157 - 187, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Sarah E. Hamill, The Alberta Liquor Control Board and the Question of Administrative Independence, 1924193, Alberta Law Review, 53, (3), 2016, p747 - 775, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, The Meta-Constitution: Amendment, Recognition, and the Continuing Puzzle of Supreme Law in Canada, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 16, (1), 2016, p28 - 64, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Sarah Hamill, The Properties of Universities and Universities' Property: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Accessing Campuses, Free Speech on Campus, Toronto, ON, February 2019, 2019, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Sarah E Hamill, "Goodwill or Good excuse?: the origins and afterlife of Ulster Transport Authority v James Brown & Sons", Reputation as Property: perspectives from tort and property, Trinity College Dublin, January 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah Hamill, Time, Contingency, and the Duty to Act like an Owner: What Adverse Possession Reveals about property, New Work in Property and Trusts Symposium, University College London, May 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah Hamill, Public Rights of Way Over Private Land: Aberration, Interruption, or Correction?, Colloquium: Intersections in Private Law, Sydney, Australia, August 2019, 2019, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah E. Hamill, Review of Property Law in a Globalizing World, by Amnon Lehavi , International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 2019, Review, PUBLISHED
Sarah Hamill, Review of New Perspectives on Land Registration , by Amy Goymour, Stephen Watterson, and Martin Dixon (eds) , Legal Studies, 39, (3), 2019, p550-553 , Review, PUBLISHED
Sarah Hamill, Enduring Trespass and Challenging Property: What Adverse Possession Tells us About Property, Modern Studies in Property Law 2018, University College London, April 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah Hamill, Thinking About Public Property: The Nature of Land, Owners, and Use, Annual Meeting of the Association for Law, Property and Society,, Maastricht University, May-June 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah Hamill, Charlie Wing and the Alberta Liquor Control Board: Anti-Chinese Racism and the Liquor Laws in Post-Prohibition Alberta, Law at the Crossroads - The Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Toronto, ON, 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah Hamill, Owners and Citizens: Entitlements to Property and Questions of Community, A Workshop on Property, Vulnerability, and Resilience, University of Essex, September 2017, 2017, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation Graduate Fellowship 2012-2013
University of Alberta Foote Graduate Award 2011-2012
The Honourable N.D. McDermid Graduate Scholarship in Law 2009-2012
Alberta Law Foundation Ph.D Scholarship 2009-2011
University of Alberta, Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship 2009-2010
Dr Hamill's areas of research are mainly in property law, property theory, and legal history. In particular her expertise lies in how the law understands public property, and in Canadian legal history. Dr Hamill's research has included both theoretical and doctrinal analyses, as well as using sociolegal approaches to law. Her research in legal history has included a large, mostly archival research project, as well as utilising an approach known as legal archaeology to explore a single case. Dr Hamill has published widely in both property law and legal history. Additionally, her published work has considered how property law intersects with civil liberties (such as freedoms of expression and religion, as well as, equality rights) and housing.