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Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law$
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Luke Rostill

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843108.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Possession, Relative Title, and Ownership in English Law

Luke Rostill

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the principle of relativity of title and the principle that possession is a source of title. It also introduces the four questions that the book is concerned with: (1) What, for the purposes of the rules concerning the acquisition of title, is possession? (2) What is the nature of the title acquired through possession? (3) What are the grounds of relativity of title? (4) What is the relationship between relativity of title and ownership? The chapter explains why these questions matter and identifies some common answers. It also summarises the book’s main arguments and provides an overview of the other six chapters.

Keywords:   possession, relativity of title, ownership, land law, personal property

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