Plenary Session 1

The Dynamics of Enduring Property Relationships

This presentation proposes a new way of looking at property relationships that will enrich our understanding of how property relationships operate in the real world.

It focuses on property rights in land which are consensual in origin, although this approach could be usefully applied both to non-consensual property relationships and to other types of property. Whereas current property law scholarship has largely ignored the temporal dimensions of property (and the spatial dimensions of land), the dynamics approach reflects the fact that property relationships are lived relationships affected by changing patterns and understandings of spatial use, relationship needs, economic realities, opportunities, technical innovations, and so on.

It also recognises the broad range of legal, regulatory, social and commercial norms that shape property relations, and that although property relationships evolve responsively to accommodate changing uses of land and new rights-holders, the relationships themselves are sustained and enduring.


Sarah Blandy

Professor Sarah Blandy

Sarah Blandy is a Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sheffield.

Sarah’s research concerns ‘property law in the real world’, a perspective she tries to integrate into her teaching. She is also an executive committee member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Sarah’s research is interdisciplinary and empirical, focusing on socio-legal aspects of property law, including tenure and rights; collective and individual property rights; multi-owned property; regulation of conduct, dispute resolution, and access to justice, amongst residential occupiers and the spatial boundaries of law, especially in relation to fortified homes and gated communities.

Susan Bright

Professor Susan Bright

Susan Bright is a Professor of Land Law at New College, University of Oxford.

Her research in contract law and in property law is a mix of doctrinal work, socio-legal work and empirical work. She is currently engaged in interdisciplinary projects that explore how the ownership and management (‘governance’) arrangements of multi-owned properties can limit the installation of energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies. She also sits as a fee-paid judge in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) that hears disputes involving residential leasehold properties.

Sarah Nield

Professor Sarah Nield

Sarah Nield is a Professor of Property Law at the School of Law, University of Southampton. Her main research interests are in Land Law and she has co-authored the leading Land Law Text Cases and Materials: textbook published by Oxford University Press now in its 3rd edition. Her current research concentrates upon the regulation of residential mortgages, human rights and property and the governance of commons property.   She has written extensively in these areas. Together with Sarah Blandy and Sue Bright she is a key researcher in the Dynamics of Enduring Property Relations project.