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Modern Studies in Property Law Conference 2020


Northumbria University

It is with deep regret that we must inform you that Northumbria University has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Modern Studies in Property Law Conference 2020, due to take place on 15-17 April, in light of the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19. Were we to continue with the conference, many delegates, especially those with underlying health conditions, or with family members, or caring responsibilities for others, who are particularly at risk of complications from COVID-19 will understandably choose not to attend so we are confident cancelling the conference is the right thing to do.

Delegates who have already registered will be entitled to a refund of the conference fee. Northumbria University will process the refund and the delegate will be notified when this has been completed. There is no need for a delegate to contact us in this regard. Due to the large number of refunds that will need to be processed, we are unable to provide an exact date by which the refund will be processed. We will keep all registered delegates updated.

We will be discussing with the MSPL Board and with Hart Publishing further plans for the conference (including the possibility of rescheduling) and the Modern Studies in Property Law book, and will be in touch with news as soon as possible

The Faculty of Business & Law at Northumbria University are proud to host the Modern Studies in Property Law Conference 2020

The 13th Biennial MSPL Conference will be held at Northumbria Law School, Newcastle upon Tyne between Wednesday 15th April 2020 and Friday 17th April 2020.

The Faculty of Business and Law prides itself on its combination of academic and professional education. Northumbria Law School has close links with practitioners in the North East and beyond and runs an active and integrated Law Clinic. There is a thriving and growing post-graduate research community and the University encourages multi-disciplinary study through its various research themes. Within the Faculty there are a number of research interest groups, including the Property Law Research Interest Group which will be closely involved in the organisation and delivery of the conference.

About the Conference

We are delighted to announce that plenary addresses will be delivered by Professor Nicholas Hopkins, the Law Commissioner for property, family and trust law, on ‘Reforming leasehold and commonhold’, Professor Susan Bright, Professor of Land Law at the University of Oxford, on ‘Property Voices in the shadow of Grenfell’ and John Abbott, Director of Digital, Data and Technology at HM Land Registry on ‘HMLR Digital Street: An open innovation project exploring the future of land registration’.

Our after dinner speaker will be His Honour Judge Philip Kramer, the Specialist Civil Judge of the Property and Business Court in Newcastle and associate editor of Charlesworth & Percy on Negligence (Sweet & Maxwell). Last year Judge Kramer gave judgment in the case of Scarle v Scarle [2019] EWHC 2224 (Ch) where he had to consider the presumption of survivorship under s.184 of the Law of Property Act 1925.

The 2020 conference will follow the pattern of previous Modern Studies in Property Law conferences with a mix of plenary, discussion and panel sessions, and will also incorporate the social and human side of property law through the consideration of emerging technologies and the involvement of spokespersons and presentations from social housing schemes, shared equity schemes, organisations engaging with homelessness and the housing of vulnerable people as well as engage with the (sometimes competing) commercial interests associated with property.

The conference is not themed and includes papers and posters across all areas of property and land law including, for example, land law, the law of trusts, personal property law, property law theory, planning law, and the intersections between property law and other areas both within and beyond law.

Please see the Call for Papers for more details.

Conference Programme

The conference programme is now available here.

PGR Strand

The conference will also include a dedicated PGR strand. We invite postgraduate, Masters, and PhD students, from any institution, to present research considering all areas of property and land law. The conference provides a great opportunity for students to present their research in a friendly and supportive environment with other budding academics and we would like to encourage PGR students to present their work in diverse ways using the latest technologies.

More information on the PGR strand, including forum and chat

Key Dates

  • Deadline for paper abstracts:Now closed
  • Deadline for PGR papers and posters is 28 February 2020: Please submit abstracts for papers or posters to
  • Conference registration is now open

Conference Fees

Conference fees exclude accommodation costs, city-centre accommodation options are available at preferential rates and can be booked by attendees via the link in the accommodation section below.

  • Early Bird Full Fee: £265 (Until 28 February 2020)
  • Full Fee: £310
  • Early Bird Student Fee: £188.50 (Until 28 February 2020)
  • Student Full Fee: £220
  • PGR Conference only: £35

Conference fees (excluding PGR only) include registration, all conference sessions, welcome drinks reception, conference dinner, lunches and refreshments. 

All conference fees exclude accommodation costs. City-centre accommodation options will be available at preferential rates in due course and will be able to be booked by attendees via a separate booking link. When planning accommodation it is envisaged that the conference will run over two and a half days as in previous years.

About the Venue

United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle and Gateshead form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination. Northumbria University is ideally located in the heart of Newcastle with fantastic links to train, air, bus and Metro transport services. One of the most vibrant destinations in England, Newcastle features fashionable bars and restaurants, ultra-modern galleries and music venues, theatres and cinemas. It is home to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Life Science Centre, Sage Gateshead, and the Great North Museum. For those seeking to extended their stay the city is close to the Northumberland Coast, Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland National Park.

The University is well located for comparative scholars from across the border in Scotland to attend on a day or full programme basis, and is close to the universities of Durham, York, Newcastle and Sunderland. This proximity also provides a rich hinterland of post graduate and early career researchers.

Attending the Conference

Online booking for the conference is now open

If you have a query about attending the conference please complete the form at this link


We are working in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau (NGI) as the official accommodation booking provider to bring you the best accommodation rates for the conference.

View the full range of accommodation options and book online quickly and easily.

The New Bridge Hotel also have good rates during the conference - for more information and booking visit their website


Event Details

Northumbria University
4th Floor, City Campus East 1
Business & Law Building
Newcastle upon Tyne


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