Rachael Walsh
Assistant Professor, Law


I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Law, teaching and researching in the areas of property law and theory and constitutional law and theory. I previously worked as a Lecturer in Law at King's College London, and prior to that, as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

My particular research focus is on the interface of property law and constitutional, through constitutional or human rights protections for private ownership. I also work extensively on issues of property theory. Accordingly, my research captures issues in land law, property law and theory, constitutional law and theory, environmental law, planning law and human rights law. I welcome applications from research students working in these areas with a focus on property issues. My current research projects include a monograph exploring the impact of economic crisis on judicial protection for private property rights, and work on a Constitutional Law treatise. Additionally, I am working on an interdisciplinary Horizon 2020 project concerned with resilience planning in infrastructure development.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Rachael Walsh, Property, Human Flourishing, and St Thomas Aquinas: Assessing a Contemporary Revival, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, 31, (1), 2018, p197 - 222 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Rachael Walsh, Stability and Predictability in English Property Law - The Impact of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights Reassessed, Law Quarterly Review, 131, (October), 2015, p585 - 609 Journal Article, 2015

Reviewing Expropriations: The Search for 'External Guidance" in, editor(s)Hanri Mostert and Leon Verstappen , Rethinking Public Interest in Expropriation Law, The Netherlands and South Africa, Eleven Publishing and Juta Publishing, 2015, [Rachael Walsh] Book Chapter, 2015

Gerard Hogan, David Kenny, Rachael Walsh, An Anthology of Declarations of Unconstitutionality, Irish Jurist, 54, 2015, p1 - 35 Journal Article, 2015

Belfast Corporation v OD Cars - Setting Parameters for Restricting Use in, editor(s)Robin Hiickey, Simon Douglas and Emma Waring , Landmark Cases in Property Law, Oxford: UK, Hart Publishing, 2015, pp227 - 252, [Rachael Walsh] Book Chapter, 2015

The Evolving Relationship Between Property and Participation in English Planning Law in, editor(s)Nick Hopkins , Modern Studies in Property Law Volume 7, Oxford, UK, Hart Publishing, 2013, pp283 - [Rachael Walsh] Book Chapter, 2013

King's Law Journal, Special Edition, 'The Interface of Public and Private Concepts of Property', 24, 2, (2013), Rachael Walsh, Tanya Aplin, Leslie Turano-Taylor, [eds.], Special Edition Editor Journal, 2013

Rachael Walsh and Eloise Scotford, The Symbiosis of Property and English Environmental Law - Property Rights in a Public Law Context, Modern Law Review, 76, 2013, p1010- Journal Article, 2013

Rachael Walsh , Integrating Proportionality into Public Authority Possession Applications - Conclusive Answers from the Supreme Court?, King's Law Journal, 22, 2011, p414- Journal Article, 2011

Rachael Walsh , Private Property Rights in the Drafting of the Irish Constitution - A Communitarian Compromise, Dublin University Law Review, 33, 2011, p86- Journal Article, 2011

Rachael Walsh , The Principles of Social Justice - The Compulsory Acquisition of Private Property for Redevelopment in the United States and Ireland, Dublin University Law Journal , 32, 2010, p1- Journal Article, 2010

Rachael Walsh , The Constitution, Property Rights and Proportionality - A Reappraisal, Dublin University Law Journal , 31, 2009, p1- Journal Article, 2009

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Comparative Constitutional Property Law in, editor(s)Lionel Smith and Michele Graziadei , Research Handbook on Comparative Property Law, US, Elgar, 2017, pp193 - 216, [Rachael Walsh and Andre van der Walt] Book Chapter, 2017

Expropriation in Ireland in, editor(s)Jacques Sluysmans, Emma Waring, Stijn Verbist , Expropriation Law in Europe, Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer, 2015, [Rachael Walsh] Book Chapter, 2015

Rachael Walsh, Tanya Aplin, Leslie Turano-Taylor, The Public/Private Interface of Property, King's Law Journal, 24, (2), 2013, p1- Journal Article, 2013

Rachael Walsh , Property in the Margins, King's Law Journal, 21, 2010, p591- Review Article, 2010

Rachael Walsh, Compensation for Expropriation - 'Democratic Discounting', Rethinking Expropration: Compensation for Expropriation, University of Cape Town, 7-9 December 2016 Conference Paper,

Rachael Walsh , The Constitutive Role of the Right to be Heard, Core Principles of Expropriation Law Colloquium, The Hague, 18th June 2016 Conference Paper,

Rachael Walsh, Property Values: Reflections on Aquinas in Human Flourishing Theory, Moral Values in Private Law, King's College London, 14th June 2014 Conference Paper,

Research Expertise


  • Title
  • Summary
    • Funded H2020 interdisciplinary project, working with SME's, public bodies and academics on resilience planning in core infrastructure development.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU Commission
  • Date From
    • Estimated June 2015


Constitutional Law; Environmental Law; Land Law; Planning Law; Property Law


Awards and Honours

Member of Funded H2020 RESILENS project 16/02/15

Research Grant (Internal) April 2014

Ussher Award for PhD studies September 2008

Fulbright Scholar Award June 2007


Fellow, South African Research Chair in Property Law Group November 2012

Property Frontiers Research Network April 2015