Sam Burton | Sheffield Hallam University

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Sam Burton

Senior Lecturer in Law


I joined the Law Department at Sheffield Hallam University in 2004, following the completion of my LLB (Hons) Law degree. Since then I have completed my Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education at the University.

  • About

    Since joining Sheffield Hallam, I have taught on a range of modules at both undergraduate and post-graduate level, and have supervised a number of dissertations and research projects. During my time at Sheffield Hallam University, I have been involved in various projects relating to on-line provision/e-learning, and have developed paper-based and on-line resources designed to assist students in developing their legal referencing/citation skills.

    In 2013, I was awarded a College Inspirational Teacher Award. I am currently undertaking a post-graduate research project which examines the human rights implications of the United Kingdom’s legal responses to terrorism.

    My teaching interests primarily relate to land/property law, US law, anti-terrorism law and policy, and domestic and international human rights. I am particularly interested in the human rights implications of legal responses to terrorism, and I have delivered taught sessions and supervised numerous dissertations and research projects on this topic.

    My principal research interests include states' legal responses to the post-9/11 terrorism threat and human rights law. In particular, my current focus is on the use of ‘preventive’ counter-terrorism measures, a topic on which I have delivered a number of papers at national and international conferences.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Academic and Legal Foundations, Equity and Trusts, Land Law, Legal Perspectives on Criminal Justice and Public Law and Human Rights.

  • Publications

    Theses / Dissertations

    Mallinder, B.T.H. (2017). State-sanctioned torture in Uzbekistan and beyond : a legal analysis. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Burton, S., & Reid, A.

    Watkins-Smith, D.J. (2017). Torture and coercive interrogation: A critical discussion. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Burton, S., & Marson, J.

  • Other activities

    I act as a book reviewer for a number of publishers in the areas of land/property law and anti-terrorism law and human rights.

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