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Dec. 18, 2007

University of Southampton launches first European and Comparative Property Master of Laws

The School of Law at Southampton is leading the way in the development of postgraduate teaching (in English) in European and comparative property law.

A stream of the Master of Laws is proposed, as from October 2008 (subject to the completion of validation procedures and demand), in the Southampton tradition of dynamic research-led teaching by experts. Students will select four from the five following purpose-designed units (subject to availability) and will also write a dissertation:

 * Comparative Land Laws of Europe
 * European Land Law
 * European Trusts, Succession and Private Taxation
 * Legal Regulation of Fraud and Money Laundering
 * Secured Commercial Financing.

Why now?
As Europe develops as a market in land through continental and cross-border transactions, movement of individuals and the growth of second homes, knowledge and understanding of land law are vital. Membership of the EU allows free movement of individuals and this has seen a growth in the number of people buying first or second homes in other member states. There is, for example, a huge expatriate community of Britons in Spain and even more second home owners.

Property owners are much affected by the evolution of European civil law, with moves towards harmonisation of substantive rules for contracts, family law, succession and trusts. At present, it appears that the United Kingdom will sit outside these developments, so that there is likely to be a unified civil law across the continent and a single conflicts regime with the common law. All Britons with homes abroad, and all those who advise second home owners, will need to be fully aware of these developments.

The course will appeal to academic comparative lawyers from the UK and English speakers from Europe, recent law graduates from UK and European universities, and solicitors advising private and commercial cross-border clients; associated professionals such as bankers, estate agents and development advisers.

For further details visit the School of Law website.

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