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Cambridge Centre for Property Law



Property law, property theory, human rights, land law reform, apologies laws, and legal issues involving art and antiquities


An Alternative Framework For interpreting Article 1 Protocol No. 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights


Key publications: 



The Human Rights to Property: A Practical Approach to Article 1 of Protocol No.1 to the ECHR’ (Hart Publishing 2022)


Selected Articles


‘(Not) going Dutch: compelling states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through positive human rights’ (2020) Public Law 610-621


(with David Elvin QC) ‘Food for thought when varying planning permission’ (2020) 4 Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 580-592


(with Dr Matthew Bell) ‘(How) Can a Building Safety Regulator Help Cure the UK’s Defects Crisis? Analysing the Current Proposals in Light of Australia’s Experience’ (2020) 2 Construction Law Journal 3-17.


(with David Sawtell) ‘Legal Perspectives on Putting Buildings Right Post-Grenfell: Learning Through Interdisciplinary and Comparative Approaches’ (2020) 1 Journal of Housing Law 15-20. 


(with Professor Susan Bright) ‘Housing After Grenfell’ (2019) 169 New Law Journal 15-18.


(with Professor Susan Bright) ‘Human Rights and State Accountability for Fire Safety in Private Blocks of Flats’ (2019) Human Rights Law Review 1


‘The end of the road for proportionality review when hearing claims for possession by private sector landlords?’ (2019) Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 435-443


Broadening the human rights discourse, realising socio-economic rights, and balancing rights to property’ (2019) Public Law 121-145


‘Mistaken Rights to Property, Agricultural Tenancies, And Good Governance’ (2018) 10 Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 1076-1089


‘Reeling in Classifications of Interference Under Article 1 of the First Protocol: R (on the application of Mott) v Environment Agency’ (2018) 6 Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 639-647


‘Socio-Economic Rights in Scots Law: Enforceable Rights or Progressive Policy Goals?’ (2018) 63(2) Journal of the Law Society of Scotland 17-19


‘Article 1 of the First Protocol and a Tenants Right to Compensation’ (2017) 81 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 475-487


‘Article 1 of the First Protocol: A Paper Tiger in the Face of Compulsory Purchase Orders for Private Profit’ (2017) 12 Journal of Planning and Environmental Law 1337-1357


‘Disputed Property Rights’ (2016) 41 European Law Review 900-925


‘The Apologies (Scotland) Act 2016’ (2016) 61(8) Journal of Personal Injury Law 79-94


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