Category Archives: Property

‘Critical Perspectives on Land Registration’: Online, 22 January 2021, 14:30-16:00 GMT

In 2018, the Law Commission released its extensive report on updating the Land Registration Act 2002. The same year, HM Land Registry announced its ambition to become ‘the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data, and aiming to achieve comprehensive registration by 2030’. Meanwhile, other states around the world […]

Simon Gleeson, ‘The Treatment of Cryptotokens at English Law – Back to the Future’

ABSTRACT There is not, and should not be, any such thing as a ‘law of cryptotokens’. A cryptotoken is simply a tool which is used to effect a transaction. The role of the law is to decide: 1. Whether or not to give effect to that transaction; and 2. Whether the transaction has been entered […]

‘PA’s Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Takes Effect on January 19, 2021’

“Pennsylvania’s Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act will become effective on January 19, 2021. The Act ‘provides the authority for certain categories of fiduciaries to access a deceased individual’s digital assets or electronic communications, and creates a framework for disclosure of an individual’s digital assets and electronic communications’. The Act will not apply […]

Ying Khai Liew, ‘Proprietary Estoppel Remedies in Hong Kong: Lessons from Singapore, England, and Australia’

ABSTRACT This paper addresses the remedial approach which ought to be taken in relation to proprietary estoppel, an important matter which Hong Kong courts have yet to address explicitly. Drawing from the divergent experiences of England, Australia, and Singapore, it makes two central points. First, the provision of expectation relief, as opposed to compensation for […]

Eric Chason, ‘Smart Contracts and the Limits of Computerized Commerce’

ABSTRACT … The goal of this Article is to evaluate the degree to which cryptocurrencies and smart contracts can operate outside the reach of law and regulation. By some accounts, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts will revolutionize private law. Some argue they have the potential to displace contract and property law. For example, in a previous […]

Una Woods, ‘Protection for Owners under the Law on Adverse Possession: An Inconsistent Use Test or a Qualified Veto System?’

ABSTRACT This article will assess the case for reforming the Irish law on adverse possession to confer additional protection on the owner. Assuming such reform is warranted, it is possible that an existing judicial solution, known as the rule in Leigh v Jack, has already been devised. Ontario’s experience with an equivalent rule, known as […]

Edward Ti, ‘Towards Fairly Apportioning Sale Proceeds in a Collective Sale of Strata Property’

ABSTRACT Cake-cutting is a longstanding metaphor for ‘a wide range of real-world problems that involve’ the division of anything of value. Unsurprisingly, where owners of a strata scheme wish to end the strata scheme and collectively sell their development, one of the most contentious issues may be the apportionment of sale proceeds. In Singapore, this […]

Laura Underkuffler, ‘Essay In Honor Of Greg Alexander: The Holy Grail Of Progressive Property’

Greg Alexander is a towering figure in the legal academy. His work, over a period of forty years, has illuminated the most fundamental issues in property law and theory. It has transformed the field and inspired scholars in the United States and abroad. During his career, Professor Alexander has arguably done more than any other […]

‘Thinking Big in Thinking Small: Are Tiny Homes the Solution to Our Housing Crisis?’

Lisa T Alexander, Community in Property: Lessons From Tiny Homes Villages, 104 Minnesota Law Review 385 (2019). Our nation’s housing situation gets worse by the day. Even before the pandemic, subprime lending, exclusionary zoning, and modern-day redlining forced millions of households into unstable, unsafe, or unaffordable living situations. Now, with the pandemic wiping away jobs, […]

‘Call for papers for Modern Studies in the Law of Trusts and Wealth Management 2021’

“The following is posted as a courtesy to YIP Man (Associate Professor, Director of Centre for Commercial Law in Asia, Singapore Management University School of Law): ‘The fourth conference in the “Modern Studies in the Law of Trusts and Wealth Management” series will take place virtually via Zoom on 22-23 July 2021. The daily conference […]