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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. Recent work includes an examination of easements of necessity, as well as socio-legal perspectives on property, a transnational examination of the right to housing, and a comparative analysis of restrictions on accessing 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 English Land Law to undergraduate students. She previously taught Private Law Remedies and led a final-year dissertation research group on property law and theory. Dr Hamill is on research leave for Hilary Term 2022.
  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
David DesBaillets & Sarah E. Hamill, Coming in from the Cold: Canada's National Housing Strategy, Homelessness, and the Right to Housing in a Transnational Perspective, Canadian Journal of Law and Society , 2022, p1-21 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, Restricting Access to Property: Citizens, Owners, Residents, and Claims to Property, Common Law World Review, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Journal of Canadian Studies, 55, 2, (2021), 231 - 480p, Michael Boudreau and Sarah E Hamill, [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED
Sarah Hamill, "The Properties of Universities and Universities' Property: Academic Freedom, Freedom of Expression, and Accessing Campuses", CAUT Journal, 2021, p1 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sociology of contract and property law in, editor(s)Jiri Priban , Research Handbook on the Sociology of Law, Cheltenham, UK, Edward Elgar, 2020, pp258 - 270, [Sarah E Hamill], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sarah E Hamill, Public Policy or Intent: The Rationale Underlying Easements of Necessity, Dublin University Law Journal, 42, (1), 2020, p63 - 87, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sarah E Hamill, Enduring Trespass: What Adverse Possession Reveals about Property, Supreme Court Law Review, 2nd Series, 96, 2020, p215 - 236, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Deirdre Ahern and Suryapratim Roy, Policy Responses to Covid-19 In Ireland: Supporting Individuals, Communities, Businesses, and the Economy, COVID-19 Legal Observatory, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, December , 2020, Notes: [Contributes to national public debate on COVID-19 and policy-making by the State.], Report, PUBLISHED  URL
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

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Sarah E. Hamill, Understanding Ownership, New Directions in Private Law Theory, University College London/Onlline, November 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah E. Hamill, Getting the Reasoning Right: Gibbons v Doherty and ADT Investments Ltd [2020] IESC 72, Irish Supreme Court Review Conference, Online, November 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah E Hamill, Eoin O'Dell, Alan Eustace, Philip Gavin and Sadhbh McGrath, Embedding Group Work and Innovative Assessment in the Private Law Curriculum, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, online/ Durham University, 31/08 - 3/09 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Sarah Hamill, Sociology of contract and property law, 2021 Socio-legal Studies Association Conference, Cardiff University/Online, March 2021, 2021, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Alan Eustace, Sarah Hamill, Andrea Mulligan, Public Health Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Ireland: A Public Policy Report of the COVID-19 Legal Observatory , Covid-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory, Trinity College Dublin, August, 2021, p1 - 142, Report, PUBLISHED
Sarah E. Hamill, Review of Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law, by Luke Rostill , Cambridge Law Journal, 80, (3), 2021, p624-627 , Review, PUBLISHED
Sarah E. Hamill, Review of Justifying Private Rights , by Simone Degeling, Michael Crawford and Nicholas Tiverios (eds) , Modern Law Review, 2021, Review, PUBLISHED
Sarah Hamill and Sarah Keenan, Critical Perspectives on Land Registration, 10/2020-01/2021, 2020, Online/Birkbeck, University of London, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PRESENTED
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 Hamill and David Mangan, Reputation as Property: Perspectives from Property and Tort, 2019, Dublin, Meetings /Conferences Organised, 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.