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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 a 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, housing 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 and housing law. Recent work includes a comparative analysis of restrictions on accessing property and housing, and an article about specific performance in Ireland. 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, and freedom of expression. Dr Hamill"s work on legal history has been cited by the Tribunal des droits de la personne (Human Rights Tribunal of Quebec), her work on freedom of expression has been cited by the Quebec Court of Appeal, and her work on property law has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada. Dr Hamill has provided media commentary about her areas of research, in particular she has provided media commentary on drug and alcohol regulation in Canada and on housing law issues in Ireland. She has written articles for the Irish Examiner, the Sunday Business Post, and the Irish Times, and she has appeared on Morning Ireland, News Talk, Drivetime, and Prime Time. She is open to media queries on housing law and property law issues both in Ireland and beyond. At Trinity Dr Hamill teaches English Land Law, and Housing Law and Rights in Context to undergraduate students. She also leads a final-year undergraduate dissertation group on Law and Empire. She has previously taught Private Law Remedies, and formerly led a final-year dissertation 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 and Ciara Hackett, Law of Obligations, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 34, (2), 2023, p439 - 479, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Mary Dobbs, Sarah E Hamill, and Robin Hickey, Land Law and Land Use, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 34, (2), 2023, p149 - 185, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sarah E. Hamill, Property Says No: Relational (In)Equality, Encampments, and Property Rights, Journal of Law and Social Policy, 36, 2023, p119 - 137, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Sarah E Hamill, Social Housing, Domestic Violence and the Public Sector Duty , Mercy Law Resource Centre, September, 2023, p1 - 32, Report, PUBLISHED
At law, at equity, (sometimes) at odds with other judges: Chief Baron Palles and the Judicature Act in, editor(s)Oonagh B Breen and Noel McGrath , Palles: The Legal Legacy of the Last Lord Chief Baron , Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2022, pp35 - 51, [Sarah E. Hamill], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Charlie Wing and the Alberta Liquor Control Board: The Story of the first Chinese-Canadian hotel licensee in post-prohibition Alberta in, Dan Malleck and Cheryl Krasnick Warsh , Pleasure and Panic: New Essays on the History of Alcohol and Drugs , Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 2022, pp245 - 269, [Sarah E. Hamill], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
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, Getting the Reasoning Right: Gibbons v Doherty and ADT Investments Ltd [2020] IESC 72, Irish Supreme Court Review, 4, 2022, p83 - 100, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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

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Sarah E. Hamill, The Celtic Paper Tiger: Ireland's Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2022 and the Chimera of Tenants" Rights, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Director's Seminar Series, Online, 29 March 2023, 2023, Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
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


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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.