Sarah Hamill
Assistant Professor, Law


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 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. Her main areas of research are property law, property theory, and legal history.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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, 2017 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, 2017

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, 2017 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, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

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, 2016 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, 2016 DOI

Sarah E. Hamill, Liquor Laws, Legal Continuity, and Hotel Beer Parlours in Alberta, 1924 to c 1939, Histoire socilae/Social History, 49, (100), 2016, p581 - 602 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Sarah E. Hamill, Prohibition Plebiscites on the Prairies: (Not-So) Direct Legislation and Liquor Control in Alberta, 1915 to 1932, Law and History Review, 33, (2), 2015, p377 - 410 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI

Sarah E. Hamill, Common Law Property Theory and Jurisprudence in Canada, Queen's Law Journal, 40, (2), 2015, p679 - 703 Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Sarah E. Hamill, Location Matters: How Nuisance Governs Access to Property for Free Expression, University of British Columbia Law Review, 47, (1), 2014, p129 - 165 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Sarah E. Hamill, Private Rights to Public Property: the Evolution of Common Property in Canada, McGill Law Journal, 58, (2), 2012, p365 - 403 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Sarah E. Hamill, Making the Law Work: Alberta's Liquor Act and the Control of Medicinal Liquor from 1916 to 1924, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 27, (2), 2012, p249 - 265 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Sarah E. Hamill, Private Property Rights and Public Responsibility: Leaving Room for the Homeless, Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, 30, 2011, p91 - 114 Journal Article, 2011 URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sarah Hamill, Involuntary Transfers of Ownership and the Search for Certainty in Property, Modern Studies in Property Law Publication Workshop, Queen's College, Cambridge, April 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

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, 2017

Sarah Hamill, The Last Gasp of Temperance? Liberalising the Liquor Laws in Post-War Alberta, 1945-1958, Canada's Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History, University of Calgary, July 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Sarah Hamill, Bursting its Bounds: Ownership and the City, Property in the City, University of British Columbia, March 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Sarah E. Hamill, Ola Malik, Megan van Huizen, Tent Cities, Homelessness and the Charter: A Commentary on Abbotsford (City) v Shantz, Digest of Municipal and Planning Law, 7, (16), 2016, p1 - 6 Journal Article, 2016

Sarah Hamill, A Theory of Urban Property, Challenging Traditional Notions of Property in Land Use Planning, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, June 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Sarah E. Hamill, Ola Malik, Imposing Limits on the Public's Right to Access Transit Services: Is the Alberta Court of Appeal's Train of Thought in the Case of R v SA on the Right Track, Digest of Municipal and Planning Law, 6, (24), 2014, p1 - 8 Journal Article, 2014

Sarah E. Hamill, Judges and Religious-Based Reasoning: A Response to Ginn and Blaikie, Constitutional Forum constitutionnel, 21, (1), 2012, p15 - 24 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Sarah E. Hamill, McIvor v Canada and the 2010 Amendments to the Indian Act: A Half-hearted Remedy to Historical Injustice, Constitutional Forum constitutionnel, 19, (2), 2011, p75 - 84 Journal Article, 2011 URL

Sarah E. Hamill, Review of of Canadian State Trials, Volume III: Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914 , by Barry Wright & Susan Binne , Labour/Le Travail, 66, 2010, p2 Review, 2010

Research Expertise


Dr Hamill's primary areas of research interest are property law, property theory, and legal history. She has a particular interest in Canadian and Irish legal history, as well as how the law understands public property.


Legal History; Property; Property Law; PROPERTY RIGHTS; Property Theory


Awards and Honours

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


Society of Legal Scholars 2017

Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History