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MSPL Call for Papers

Call for Paper MSPL 2020

The 13th MSPL Conference will take place at Northumbria University Law School, Newcastle upon Tyne between Wednesday the 15th and Friday the 17th of April 2020.

The conference is not themed and we welcome 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.

Our multiple award winning campus is in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, the cosmopolitan yet historic regional capital of the North East of England. Our campus marries a unique combination of innovative contemporary buildings with historical sites that have been listed because of their heritage and grandeur. The conference dinner will take place in the Great Hall situated in the historical Sutherland Building.

Newcastle has excellent transport links with major UK and international cities. Newcastle has direct connections to cities like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Dubai, with numerous low-cost carriers connecting to various other European cities.

Newcastle is easy to get to by:

  • air - Newcastle International Airport is only seven miles from the city centre (with direct Metro rail access to the University)
  • rail - Newcastle is under three hours from London
  • road - the A1(M) and A69 pass close to the city centre
  • bus - the main coach station is in the city centre
  • sea - ferries run from nearby North Shields to the Netherlands

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Newcastle is a compact city so it is easy to cycle or walk around. The Metro rail network offers fast, efficient travel around the city and Tyneside.

With an exciting line-up of speakers due to be announced, the main MSPL conference will feature three different formats for presenting original research on property law:

  • full papers,
  • work in progress sessions, and
  • poster presentations.

A selection of the full papers will be published in the prestigious conference book, Modern Studies in Property Law, which will continue to be produced by Hart Publishing. By 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; and revised drafts will be required 3 weeks after the conference. A process of peer-review will determine inclusion in the collection. Full papers should be in the region of 8,000-10,000 words.

Work in progress sessions will offer the opportunity to present projects at an earlier stage of completion for comments and discussion. 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 the project to fruition. An outline handout or draft paper will be required 3 weeks before the conference.

Poster presentations will offer the opportunity to display a research poster during break times (tea & coffee breaks, lunch, pre-dinner drinks receptions) and provision will be made to allow delegates to comment on posters and/or to discuss the poster with the author. PGR students will also be offered this opportunity as part of integration between the PGR and main Conference proceedings.

The conference will also accommodate an integrated Postgraduate strand, and more details of this will follow.

Submission details

Proposals for papers and posters should be sent to by 28 February 2020. Proposals should:

  1. Indicate clearly the category for which they are submitted, either (1) full paper (2) work in progress, or (3) poster.
  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 will be made by a panel of property lawyers and the results will be communicated in September 2019.

We are very pleased to be hosting the conference and we hope to see you there.

Kind regards

Russell Hewitson and Dr Adam Ramshaw

On behalf of the organising committee


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