Samuel Peter Beswick

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Private law
Law and time
Tort Law
Restitution and unjust enrichment
Public authority liability

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).

Research Methodology

Legal philosophical


Master's students
Doctoral students
Any time / year round

Students interested in undertaking a supervised research paper or thesis with me should include a thesis plan with their expression of interest.

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.


  • Strike-out Appeals, Unjust Enrichment, and Discoverability: Insights from Kenya (2022)
    Common Law World Review,
  • Tort Law: Cases and Commentaries (2022)
    Canadian Legal Information Institute,
  • Reflections on Building and then Teaching in a HyFlex Classroom at Allard Hall (2021)
    The Advocate, 79 (1), 75--79
  • Submission to the Ministry of Justice on Judicial Review: Proposals for Reform--‘Prospective Invalidation/Overruling’ (2021)
    Judicial Review Reform Consultation, Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom,
  • The Overpaid Tax Litigation: Roadblocked (2021)
    The Modern Law Review,
  • The Overpaid Tax Litigation: Roadblocked (2021)
    The Modern Law Review,
  • Discoverability Principles and the Law's Mistakes (2020)
    Law Quarterly Review, 136 (1), 139--164
  • Error of Law: An Exception to the Discoverability Principle? (2020)
    Osgoode Hall LJ, 57, 295
  • Retroactive Adjudication (2020)
    Yale LJ, 130, 276
  • Submission to House of Commons Public Bill Committee on Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21 (2020)
    Public Bill Committee, House of Commons, Parliament of the United Kingdom,
  • Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Search and Surveillance Bill 2009 (2020)
  • Cancelling a Holding Deposit Agreement (2019)
    Housing Matters, (130), 4--5
  • Letting Agents: Servants of Two Masters? (2019)
    Housing Matters, (128), 2--3
  • Tenant Fees Act 2019: A Welcome Reform (2019)
    Landlord & Tenant Review, 23 (3), 79--81
  • The Discoverability of Mistakes of Law (2019)
    Lloyd’s Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly, , 112--137
  • Enforcing a Holding Deposit Agreement (2018)
    Landlord & Tenant Review, 22 (3), 88--91
  • Tenant Fees Bill: Good Intentions--Weak Protections (2018)
    Landlord & Tenant Review, 22 (6), 203--207
  • The Divergent Paths of Commonwealth Privacy Torts (2018)
    Supreme Court Law Review, 84, 225--267
  • Don't Tell Me What the Papers Say: PJS v News Group Newspapers Ltd (2016)
    Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, 5, 212--220
  • The Decline of the Fish/Mammal Distnction (2016)
    U. Pa. L. Rev. Online, 165, 91
  • ‘Losses in Any Event’in the Case of Damage to Property (2015)
    Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 35 (4), 755--775
  • Holding Deposit Agreements: Pre-Tenancy Obligations and Rights (2015)
    Landlord & Tenant Review, 19 (4), 143--147
  • Privacy: Rights, Remedies and Reform (2015)
    New Zealand Law Journal, , 166
  • From Foundations to Finish? The Continuing Duty Doctrine and Limitations (2013)
    New Zealand Law Review, 2013 (4), 505--520
  • Two Spying Tales (2013)
    New Zealand Law Journal, , 213--214
  • For Your (Government's) Eyes Only (2012)
    New Zealand Law Journal, , 213--216
  • Perlustration in the pathless woods: Hamed v R (2011)
    Te Mata Koi: Auckland University Law Review, 17, 291--299
  • Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee on the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill 2011 (2011)
    Justice and Electoral Select Committee, New Zealand Parliament,
  • Surveilling the Stopgap (2011)
    New Zealand Law Journal, , 404--407
  • Targeted Covert Surveillance in New Zealand: An Analysis and Critique of the Search and Surveillance Bill (2010)
  • Targeted Visual Surveillance in New Zealand: An Analysis and Critique of the Search and Surveillance Bill (2010)
    New Zealand Law Students' Journal, , 239--266
  • Editor's Note (2009)
    Auckland University Law Review, 15, [iv]-[vi]

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