Regulating common property


   The Business School

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The person who shares ownership of property along with others is in a somewhat paradoxical position.

On the one hand, he or she is owner of the property, with all that implies for his or her right to use the

property to its fullest. On the other hand, his or her rights to use and enjoy the property must be

balanced with the rights of the other co-owner or co-owners. This gives rise to tensions that are

productive of dispute, and common property has been rightly described as "the mother of quarrels". This

may be particularly so when there are also family or other relationships between the co-owners. There is

need for research into how the law should best deal with these disputes.

Academic qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in law with a good fundamental knowledge of property law (in any

jurisdiction).

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other,

equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:

 Experience of fundamental concepts in property law

 Competent in legal research

 Knowledge of current issues in property law

 Good written and oral communication skills

 Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project

 Good time management

The person who shares ownership of property along with others is in a somewhat paradoxical position.

On the one hand, he or she is owner of the property, with all that implies for his or her right to use the

property to its fullest. On the other hand, his or her rights to use and enjoy the property must be

balanced with the rights of the other co-owner or co-owners. This gives rise to tensions that are

productive of dispute, and common property has been rightly described as "the mother of quarrels". This

may be particularly so when there are also family or other relationships between the co-owners. There is

need for research into how the law should best deal with these disputes.

Academic qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in law with a good fundamental knowledge of property law (in any

jurisdiction).

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other,

equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:

 Experience of fundamental concepts in property law

 Competent in legal research

 Knowledge of current issues in property law

 Good written and oral communication skills

 Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project

 Good time management

Desirable attributes:

Knowledge of Scots law and/or of property law in any jurisdiction with significant Civil Law influences.

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