Luke Rostill is Associate Professor of Property Law in the Oxford Law Faculty and a Tutorial Fellow in Law at Trinity College. In the Faculty, Luke is a Mooting Officer, the senior convenor of the Oxford Property Law Discussion Group, and Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Oxford Diploma in IP Law and Practice. Before taking up his current role, Luke was a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Law at St John's College, Oxford.
Luke went to a comprehensive school and further education college 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 AHRC, focused on the law of property and was supervised by Professor Ben McFarlane.
Luke’s research is concerned with the law of property and property theory. At present, Luke’s research focuses primarily on: (1) the nature of (so-called) “possessory title” in the common law; (2) the nature and grounds of ownership in English Law; (3) the limits of property rights and conflicts between property rights and the rights, interests, and needs of others; and (4) the interaction of property law and other areas of law, including Human Rights Law, the Law of Torts, and Unjust Enrichment.
Luke recently completed a monograph on possession, relative title, and ownership, which will be publised by OUP in the spring of 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.
Luke is currently supervising a number of 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.