Luke Rostill is an Associate Professor of Property Law in the Oxford Law Faculty and a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Trinity College.
Luke went to a comprehensive school in Swindon before reading 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.
Luke's teaching interests largely mirror his research interests. He teaches Land Law, Personal Property, and Trusts, as well as the BCL/MJur Advanced Property and Trusts course. He has also taught the Law of Torts and Roman Law.
Luke is currently supervising several postgraduate research students working in the fields of property law, trusts law, and property theory, and he is happy to talk to prospective research students about the possibility of acting as a supervisor in these areas.