Problems in Personal Property Law (M3010)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Personal property law is probably the most important and yet the most neglected and least understood aspect of English law.

Historically this discipline was neglected because it was commonly, but misleadingly, regarded as belonging to a number of entirely separate legal categories. This is regretable as property law is best understood as a system.

This module provides comprehensive and detailed coverage of the core aspects of the law of personal property in England and Wales. The module addresses key questions such as what do we mean by 'property' and the justifications for property rights.

The module also covers transfer of legal title to chattels, the nemo dat rule and assignments in choses in action.

A key focus of the module is the question of the recognition of 'new' property rights in relation to information, personality interests and body parts.

Specifically the application of tradtional remedies (such as coversion and bailment) to new objects. The costs and benefits of this commodification will be addressed as well as the normative implications of these developments.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.