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Professor Martin Dixon MA (Oxon), Ph.D (Cantab), FRSA

Professor Martin Dixon, MA (Oxon), Ph.D (Cantab), FRSA

Professor of the Law of Real Property, University of Cambridge

Fellow, Queens' College

Director of the Cambridge Centre for Property Law

Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn

Research Interests

  • Land Law and land registration: international and comparative
  • Landlord and tenant law
  • The United Nations and international law, with special reference to the Middle East

Research Supervision

Currently supervising a range of Ph.D candidates in aspects of property law as part of the Cambridge Centre for Property Law's research programme. Please contact to discuss proposed research topics.

Key Publications

Megarry & Wade: The Law of Real Property (2012) (Sweet & Maxwell) 8th Edition

Ruoff & Roper: The Law of Registered Conveyancing (Sweet & Maxwell) (2014)

Modern Land Law (Routledge) 9th Edition (2014)

Textbook on International Law (2013) (OUP) 7th Edition

Stitching Together Modern Estoppel in Landmark Cases in Land Law Nigel Gravells (Ed), 2013 

Modern Studies in Property Law (Ed) 2005 (Hart Publishing)

Contemporary Perspectives on Property, Equity and Trusts (Ed) (OUP)

Title by registration or conquest: interpreting the Land Registration Act 2002 in England and Wales I.J.L.B.E. 2013, 5(3), 194-206

To sell or not to sell: that is the question: the irony of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (2011) 70 CLJ 579.

Equitable Co-ownership: Proprietary Rights in Name Only? in E Cooke (Ed), Modern Studies in Property Law Vol. 4

Proprietary and Non-Proprietary Rights in Modern Land Law pp 8 – 28 (Chapter 1) in Land Law: Issues, Debates, Policy, edited by Louise Tee, Willan Publishing (2002).

Proprietary Estoppel and Formalities in Land Law and the Land Registration Act 2002: A Theory of Unconscionability pp 165-182, (Chapter 9) in Modern Studies in Property Law, Vol. 2, edited by E Cooke, Hart Publishing (2003).

Confining and defining proprietary estoppel: the role of unconscionability (2010) 30 Legal Studies 408

Consenting Away Proprietary Rights pp. 181-201, (Chapter 11) in Modern Studies in Property Law, Vol. 1, edited by E Cooke, Hart Publishing (2001).

The Land Registration Act 2002: A Risk Assessment [2003] Conv. 136

Combating the mortgagee's right to possession: new hope for the mortgagor in chains (1998) 18 Legal Studies 279

Other Publications

Recent selected publications: for full list see


Land Registration and Time Travel: reforming the land registry [2014] 78 Conv. 189

The Sound of Silence: Easements to make a noise [2014] 78 Conv. 79

A Not So Conclusive Title Register? [2013] 129 LQR 320

Reaching up for the box in the attic: mortgages and overreaching [2013] 77 Conv. 165

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Centre Responds to Government Consultation on Leases of Houses

Sep 23, 2017

Simon Cooper, Russell Hewitson and Martin Dixon have responded to the DCLG Consultation Paper on "Tackling Unfair Practices in the Leasehold Market’

Centre Fellows speak at E-conveyancing conference in Ireland

Apr 08, 2017

Simon Cooper, Rod Thomas and Martin Dixon present papers at the NUI Galway Title Registration and E-Conveyancing Conference 2017

MSPL Workshop 10 April 2017

Apr 05, 2017

The Centre will be hosting a one-day workshop on April 10th 2017 at Queens' College

Property Bar Association Day Conference on Land law

Sep 21, 2016

The PBA is holding a mini-conference on Real Property: New perspectives. November 8th, London. To include discussion of land registration, commercial constructive trusts, mortgages, covenants, Coventry v Lawrence and more. Click for further details

New Centre Fellow

Sep 07, 2016

Professor Sergio Nasarre-Aznar joins the Centre. Professor Nazarre completed his M.Phil at Cambridge (Cantab) and is an expert on European property law.

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