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  Transferring ownership of goods


   The Business School

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

When the ownership of goods is being transferred, it is important to know the precise point of time at which the transferee becomes owner of the goods, for example in case of the insolvency of one of the parties. Different legal systems address this issue in different ways. On the one hand, some legal systems have the moment of transfer be based on the parties' intentions. This has the benefit of flexibility. However, intentions of this kind are often unexpressed, which gives rise to uncertainty. Intention-based systems of transfer may also be more vulnerable to parties making "sham" sales to the prejudice of third parties. Meanwhile, some countries require delivery of the goods to effect the transfer. This gives greater certainty, but is potentially inflexible. The time is ripe for research into how best these difficulties may be resolved.

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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