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Samuel Beswick

S.J.D. 2019

Frank Knox Memorial Fellow

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“The Discoverability of Mistakes of Law”

Sam’s dissertation concerns the temporal effects of adjudication. It critiques the problem of retrospective mistakes of law and the common law limitation principle of discoverability. Sam began his career as a Judges’ Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand. Prior to commencing doctoral studies, he practiced as a government litigation lawyer in London, U.K., and before then as a solicitor and Junior Crown Counsel at Meredith Connell (the Office of the Crown Solicitor) in Auckland, N.Z. Alongside, he taught at the law schools of King’s College London and the University of Auckland.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Private Law Remedies against the State with Professor John C.P. Goldberg, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Common Law Remedies for State Breach of European Union Law with Professor Rebecca A. Williams, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • State Liability and Immunity over Public Law Money Actions with Professor Vicki C. Jackson, Harvard Law School


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D., 2019
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2014
  • University of Auckland, LL.B. (Hons) / B.Com., 2010

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Project on the Foundations of Private Law, Post-doctoral Fellow, 2019–20
  • Harvard Law School, Summer Academic Fellow, 2019
  • Weatherhead Center Canada Research Fellow, 2019
  • Cogan Fund Exchange Scholar to University of Cambridge, 2017
  • Project on the Foundations of Private Law, Student Fellow, 2017–19
  • Harvard Law School, Graduate Program Fellow, 2016–19
  • King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law, Visiting Lecturer, 2016
  • Harvard Law School, Summer Academic Fellow, 2014
  • The University of Auckland, Faculty of Law, Tutor, 2010–13

Representative Publications

Additional Information

Admitted Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2010

Higher Education Academy (U.K.), Fellow, 2016

Last Updated: February 18, 2020