University of Calgary

Robert Hamilton

  • Assistant Professor


Robert holds a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from St. Thomas University, a J.D. from University of New Brunswick Law School, and an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Robert is a PhD candidate at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. His dissertation focuses on Aboriginal and Treaty rights in Canada’s Maritime Provinces and his research engages law, legal history, and theoretical perspectives on law and history. He has published on Aboriginal land rights in the Maritime Provinces and has presented his research at numerous academic conferences. Robert has also worked with First Nations on treaty rights and Aboriginal title issues and in the development of governance policies.

Research/Scholarly Activities

Robert’s primary research and teaching interests are in Aboriginal and Indigenous law, property law, legal history, and legal theory. In addition to publishing on Aboriginal rights and title issues, Robert has been involved in research projects focusing on Indigenous economic development, treaty education for primary and secondary students, the relationship between domestic and international law concerning Indigenous peoples, and the digital mapping of litigation involving Indigenous peoples.


Law 404: Property Law
Law 594: Indigenous Peoples & The Law

Selected Publications and Presentations


  • "Private Property and the Role of Equity in Aboriginal Title Litigation" (2018) 51:2 UBC LR [forthcoming]
  • "Indigenous Legal Traditions and Histories of International and Transnational Law in the Pre-Confederation Maritime Provinces." In Reflections on Canada's Past, Present and Future in International Law edited by Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Valerie Hughes and Mark Jewett. McGill-Queen's University Press [forthcoming]
  • After Tsilhqot’in Nation: The Aboriginal Title Question in Canada’s Maritime Provinces” (2016) 67 UNB LJ 58.

Conference Presentations

Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Conference (Calgary, AB)
May 2016

  • "Dispossession by Legislation: New Brunswick's 1844 'Act For the Management and Disposal of Indian Reserve Lands in This Province'"

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Symposium on Law, Policy, and Indigenous Peoples (Saskatoon, SK)
May 2016

  • "The Application of Equity in Aboriginal Title Litigation"

Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference (Lancaster, UK)
April 2016

  • "Shifting Sovereignties: The Acquisition of British Sovereignty in Canada's Maritime Provinces"

University of New Brunswick Peace and Friendship Treaty Days (Fredericton, NB)
October 2016

  • "How the Peace and Friendship Treaties Recognize and Protect Aboriginal Land Rights"

Native and Indigenous Studies Association 2015 Annual Conference (Washington, DC)
June 2015

  • "After Tsilhqot'in: the Past & Future of Aboriginal Title in Canada's Maritime Provinces"

Association for Law, Property, and Society 2015 Annual Conference (Athens, GA)
May 2015

  • "Site-Specific vs. Territorial Conceptions of Aboriginal Title in Canada's Maritime Provinces"

Canadian Law & Society Association (Winnipeg, MB)
June 2014

  • "What's in a name? The Language of Citizenship in First Nations Self-Government Agreements in Canada"

Native and Indigenous Studies Association 2014 Annual Conference (Austin, TX)
May 2014

  • "What's in a name? The Language of Citizenship in First Nations Self-Government Agreement in Canada"
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