Call for Papers

Please note the call for papers is now closed.


The main MSPL conference features three different formats for presenting original research on property law: full papers, work in progress sessions, and poster presentations.

A selection of the full papers will be published in the prestigious conference book, Modern Studies in Property Law, which will continue to be produced by Hart Publishing, Oxford. By submitting a full paper you are agreeing for this paper to be considered for publication in this book. All full papers presented at the conference will need to be available as a complete draft 3 weeks before the conference; and revised drafts will be required 3 weeks after the conference. A process of peer-review will determine inclusion in the collection. Full papers should be in the region of 8,000-10,000 words.

Work in progress sessions offer the opportunity to present projects at an earlier stage of completion for comments and discussion. Papers in this category will not be eligible for submission to the conference collection, but the expectation is that the sessions will provide constructive feedback useful in bringing the project to fruition. An outline handout or draft paper will be required 3 weeks before the conference.

Poster presentations offer the opportunity to display a research poster during break times (tea & coffee breaks, lunch, pre-dinner drinks receptions) and provision will be made to allow delegates to comment on posters and/or to discuss the poster with the author. PGR students will also be offered this opportunity as part of integration between the PGR and main Conference proceedings.

Submission details
Proposals for papers should be sent to mspl2016@qub.ac.uk by Friday 28th August 2015. Proposals should:

  1. Indicate clearly the category for which they are submitted, either (1) full paper (2) work in progress, or (3) poster.
  2. Include a short abstract of the paper (300 words) 
  3. Include a very brief author CV (just a few lines)

The decision as to which papers to accept is made by a panel of property lawyers and the results will be communicated early in September 2015.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer any funding towards the travel costs or the costs of attending the conference, even for speakers.



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