Call for Papers


The main conference will feature three different formats for presenting original research on property law: full papers, work in progress sessions, and micro-presentations. ‘Property law’ is broadly defined to include doctrinal, theoretical, empirical and socio-legal perspectives on any aspect of property in the common law tradition, including real property, personal property, trusts, and equity. We welcome interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.

Full papers

Full papers should be in the region of 8,000-10,000 words. A selection of these papers will be published in the associated conference book, Modern Studies in Property Law, which will continue to be produced by Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury). In submitting a full paper, you are agreeing for this paper to be considered for publication in this book. All full papers presented at the conference will need to be available as a complete draft 3 weeks before the conference. Revised drafts will be required 3 weeks after the conference. A process of peer-review will determine inclusion in the collection.

Work in progress

Works in progress sessions will involve discussion of projects at an earlier stage of completion. Papers in this category will not be eligible for submission to the conference collection, but the expectation is that the sessions will provide constructive feedback useful in bringing a project at an earlier stage of completion to fruition. An outline handout or draft paper will be required 3 weeks before the conference.


These sessions offer the opportunity to informally discuss a research project with conference delegates during breaks in the conference, in virtual break-out rooms or in person. PGR students will also be offered this opportunity as part of integration between the PGR and main Conference proceedings.

Submission details

Proposals for full papers and work in progress presentations should be sent to by Tuesday 31 August 2021.  Proposals should:

  1. Indicate the category for which they are submitted, either (1) full paper or (2) work in progress;
  2. Include a short abstract of the paper (300 words);
  3. Include a very brief author CV (just a few lines).

The decision as to which papers to accept is made by a panel of property lawyers. For full papers, results will be communicated in September 2021; for works in progress presentations, decisions will be communicated by the end of November 2021.

Proposals for micro-presentations may also be submitted at this time, but there will also be a further call with additional information in due course.


Please note: This webpage will be updated from time to time with additional information about the conference, including information on registration, fees, travel and accommodation. 



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