Research Group: Acquisition of Land through Long-Term Use | Land Portal

The question of under what conditions a non-owner acquires land through long-term use is a bone of contention in all countries. To explore these conditions and compare the laws on this issue, a legal research group was founded in November 2016.

This research group is embedded in the Common Core of European Private Law. The Common Core is a network of legal scholars who draft cases typically occurring in practice, solve these cases from their country’s perspective and then compare the outcomes. See for more information on the Common Core:

The research group working on the acquisition of land through long-term use currently has 20 members. The members, their affiliation, and the laws that they examine are:


Prof. Björn Hoops (editor)

University of Groningen German law
2 Dr Ernst Marais (editor) University of Johannesburg South African law

Prof. Miriam Anderson

University of Barcelona Catalan law
4 Prof. Michel Boudot University of Poitiers French law
5 Prof. Dmitry Dozdhev Moscow School of Economic and Social Sciences Russian law
6 Prof. Magdalena Habdas University of Silesia Polish law
7 Karoline Haug, LL.M. Universiteit van Amsterdam Norwegian law
8 Prof. Eran Kaplinsky University of Alberta Law of Alberta
9 Prof. John Lovett Loyola University (Louisiana, USA) Louisianan law

Dr Francesco Mezzanotte

University of Roma 3 Italian law
11 Prof. Héctor Simón Moreno University Rovira i Virgili (Spain) Spanish law
12 Prof. Matti Niemi University of Eastern Finland Finnish law
13 Dr Alasdair Peterson Brodies LLP, Edinburgh Scots law
14 Dr Fábio Rocha Pinto e Silva

Pinheironeto Advogados,

Sao Paulo

Brazilian law
15 Dr. Jozef Štefanko Trnava University Slovak law
16 Dr. Filippo Valguarnera University of Gothenburg Swedish law
17 Prof. Leon Verstappen University of Groningen Dutch law
18 Dr Johan van de Voorde University of Antwerp Belgian law
19 Dr Emma Waring University of York English law
20 Dr Una Woods University of Limerick Irish law


The researchers have drafted eleven cases. Each researcher will solve the cases according to the laws of his/her country.

FileYou can download the cases and the guidelines for the answers of the researchers here.

The answers and a comparison will be published in a book by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

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