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Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law

Luke Rostill


This book is concerned with two foundational principles of English property law: the principle of relativity of title and the principle that possession is a source of title. It is impossible to understand the relationship between possession and ownership in English law unless one has a sound understanding of these principles. Yet the principles have been interpreted in different ways by judges, practitioners, and academics. The book seeks to illuminate this area of law by addressing four questions: (1) What is possession? (2) What is the nature of the title acquired through possession? (3) Wha ... More

Keywords: private law, property law, ownership, possession, relativity of title, land law, personal property, torts, chattels, property rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198843108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luke Rostill, author
Associate Professor of Property Law, University of Oxford