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1. What is Land Law? 

1. What is Land Law?
1. What is Land Law?

Elizabeth Cooke

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date: 18 January 2020

Celebrated for their conceptual clarity, titles in the Clarendon Law Series offer concise, accessible overviews of major fields of law and legal thought. This chapter provides an introduction to land law. Land law is the law concerning property rights in land, also known as the law of real property. ‘Land’ does not only refer to the earth but includes the buildings on it; and it includes buildings separated from the earth, so that the owner of the top-storey flat is still a landowner. ‘Land’ also includes intangible things such as rights of way; and some rights that are not attached to physical land. Today, property rights vary in their enforceability, and the most important tool used to achieve this has been the registration of title to land. Property rights are also affected by the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. At issue is whether or not the Convention rights force a re-examination of the property rights already recognized in English law.

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