University of Calgary

Jonnette Watson Hamilton

  • Professor

Bar admissions

Active member of the Law Society of Alberta 1979 - 1999
Inactive member of the Law Society of Alberta 1999 -


After receiving a BA in English from the University of Alberta in 1974 and an LLB from Dalhousie University in 1978, Jonnette practiced law in Wetaskiwin, Alberta with the firm now known as Sirrs LLP. Like anyone in a general practice, she worked in variety of areas, but most of her practice was devoted to family law, commercial law, and dependent adult law. She was also a member of the Alberta Farm Debt Review Board from 1986 to 1991 and mediated disputes between insolvent farmers and their creditors. After attending Columbia Law School in New York City in 1991/92 for her LL.M., Jonnette began teaching in the faculty in the fall of 1992 and has, in the intervening 24 years, taught 19 different law school courses.

She received the Howard Tidswell Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007 and again in 2011-2012.

Jonnette received the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch/Law Society of Alberta Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship in January 2017, in a presentation that emphasized her role in founding and contributing to ABlawg and to the Alberta Law Reform Institute. The breadth of her work was also noted, spanning property law, property theory, aboriginal rights, equality rights, commercial arbitration, mediation, commercial law, discourse analysis, and more. By the number of courses she has taught and the many areas she writes in, it is clear she is still very deliberately the generalist she first chose to be as an articling student in 1978.


Law 403: Legislation
Law 404: Property
Law 569: Law and Literature

Research/Scholarly Activities

Research Areas

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Equality Rights
  • Property Law & Theory
  • Access to Justice


Photograph of Jonnette Watson Hamilton
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