Sam Burton

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.


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.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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


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.

Cancel event

Are you sure you want to cancel your place on Saturday 12 November?