Course Syllabus

Professional Studies in Contemporary Legal Disciplines(Comparative Property Law)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: Bennett
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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Spring
Year: 1&2
Course Periods: Thu 2
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Elective
Classroom: Teaching Method: The course will be taught online, with advance reaction papers to distributed materials submitted by each class member, followed by a live Zoom session for discussion. Assessment will be based on participation and a final essay. Those interested in the course should contact the instructor on


Outline of Lecture Course

This course covers selected topics in the law of property:

  • Common law and Civil law property concepts
  • Proof of title
  • Non-possessory claims over property
  • Ownership and subordinate possessory interest
  • City planning methods
Course Objectives To know the available options for the design and reform of property systems, and to understand the risks and costs of imposing change.
Textbooks Reading materials will be provided through Canvas.
Course Materials/Supplementaries (see above)
Assessment Participation: 20%; Mid-term paper: 40%; Final exam: 40%
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study On each topic, students should explore related issues in their own home jurisdiction as preparation for discussion.
Responding to Student Questions Please contact the instructor by email.
Other Notes


Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Introduction
2 Dominion vs Ownership
3 Title records
4 Transfers of title
5 Legal mortgages and charges
6 "Equitable" mortgages
7 Foreclosure methods

Adverse possession

(Due date for mid-term paper)

9 Property reform initiatives
10 Buildings: bilateral monopoly
11 Restrictive covenants
12 Leases: regulation and lease covenants
13 Common ownership
14 Extensions to the property concept
15 Examination

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