The question of under what conditions a non-owner acquires land through long-term use is a bone of contention in all countries. To explore these conditions and compare the laws on this issue, a legal research group was founded in November 2016.
This research group is embedded in the Common Core of European Private Law. The Common Core is a network of legal scholars who draft cases typically occurring in practice, solve these cases from their country’s perspective and then compare the outcomes. See for more information on the Common Core: http://www.common-core.org/.
The research group working on the acquisition of land through long-term use currently has 20 members. The members, their affiliation, and the laws that they examine are:
|University of Groningen||German law|
|2||Dr Ernst Marais (editor)||University of Johannesburg||South African law|
|University of Barcelona||Catalan law|
|4||Prof. Michel Boudot||University of Poitiers||French law|
|5||Prof. Dmitry Dozdhev||Moscow School of Economic and Social Sciences||Russian law|
|6||Prof. Magdalena Habdas||University of Silesia||Polish law|
|7||Karoline Haug, LL.M.||Universiteit van Amsterdam||Norwegian law|
|8||Prof. Eran Kaplinsky||University of Alberta||Law of Alberta|
|9||Prof. John Lovett||Loyola University (Louisiana, USA)||Louisianan law|
|University of Roma 3||Italian law|
|11||Prof. Héctor Simón Moreno||University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)||Spanish law|
|12||Prof. Matti Niemi||University of Eastern Finland||Finnish law|
|13||Dr Alasdair Peterson||Brodies LLP, Edinburgh||Scots law|
|14||Dr Fábio Rocha Pinto e Silva||
|15||Dr. Jozef Štefanko||Trnava University||Slovak law|
|16||Dr. Filippo Valguarnera||University of Gothenburg||Swedish law|
|17||Prof. Leon Verstappen||University of Groningen||Dutch law|
|18||Dr Johan van de Voorde||University of Antwerp||Belgian law|
|19||Dr Emma Waring||University of York||English law|
|20||Dr Una Woods||University of Limerick||Irish law|
The researchers have drafted eleven cases. Each researcher will solve the cases according to the laws of his/her country.
The answers and a comparison will be published in a book by Cambridge University Press in 2020.