Luke Rostill

Associate Professor of Property Law

Other affiliations

Faculty of Law

Faculty officer role(s):

BCL/MJur Course Director


Luke Rostill is Associate Professor of Property Law in the Oxford Law Faculty and a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Trinity College. He is also an Academic Fellow of the Middle Temple.


Luke read Jurisprudence (Law) at Wadham College, Oxford. He obtained his BA, winning the Wronker Prize for best overall performance in law finals, and remained at Wadham for the BCL, MPhil, and DPhil. His DPhil, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, focused on the law of property and was supervised by Professor Ben McFarlane. Before taking up his current role, Luke was a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Law at St John's College, Oxford.


Luke’s research interests are mainly in private law, with a particular focus on property rights. Much of his work is doctrinal, but he also has an interest in theoretical and philosophical questions relating to property law and private law more generally. In recent years, Luke’s work has focused primarily on: (1) the nature of (so-called) “possessory title” in the common law; (2) the nature and grounds of ownership in  the law; (3) the limits of property rights and conflicts between property rights and the rights, interests, and needs of others; and (4) the legal remedies that may be awarded where property rights are infringed. He is interested in the interaction between property law and other areas of law, incuding human rights law, the law of torts, and unjust enrichment. 

Luke's first monograph, Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law, was published by Oxford University Press in February 2021. 

His work has been cited by several courts, including the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.


Luke's teaching interests largely mirror his research interests. He convenes the BCL/MJur Advanced Property and Trusts course and the Land Law teaching group. He also teaches Trusts and Personal Property, and has taught the Law of Torts and Roman Law.

Postgraduate Supervision

Luke is currently supervising several postgraduate research students working in the fields of property law, trusts law, and property theory.


Research Interests

Private law, particularly the law of property (land and chattels); private law theory, particularly philosophical issues concerning property; law of trusts; housing law.

Relationships between property law and other areas of law, particularly human rights law, law of torts, and unjust enrichment.