Land Law

Module code: LW2390

You may not realise it yet, but Land Law affects you. Whether you are renting your first student house with friends, or selling your matrimonial home after divorcing your spouse, your rights are governed by a system of rules at once both ancient and modern, drawn from the era of William the Conqueror right through to the 21st century reforms introduced by Parliament. The law transforms and mutates to meet our constantly changing social needs.

The land itself, however, does not change - it has always been scarce and valuable. All of these things mean that the law must find a way to apply concepts that are hundreds, if not thousands, of years old to the very latest technologies for transferring and registering land, and do so in a way that means we maximise its use. If the law cannot do that, there will not be enough land, and what there is we will not be able to enjoy.

This module seeks to identify, and perhaps criticise, modern land law’s ongoing efforts to meet these challenges.

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