Centre for Commercial Law

Centre for Commercial Law

Robert Chambers  



Professor of Property Law

contact details:
Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 1476 | internal: x21476
Email: rob.chambers@ucl.ac.uk

Robert Chambers is Professor of Property Law at UCL since September 2008. He was a Barrister and Solicitor in Alberta before obtaining a DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Peter Birks. Since then, he has been Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Professor at the University of Alberta, and Professor of Law at King's College London. He has also had visiting lectureships at Niigata University in Japan and the University of Auckland. He is Chief Examiner in the Law of Trusts for the University of London International LLB Programme and a member of the editorial boards for Current Legal Problems, the Journal of Equity, and Trusts Law International.

Professor Chambers researches and writes about property, restitution, trusts, and unjust enrichment.


  • Resulting Trusts (Oxford 1997)
  • An Introduction to Property Law in Australia (3rd edn Sydney 2013)

Edited Books

  • The Law of Restitution in Canada: Cases, Notes, and Materials (Toronto 2004) (with L Smith, M McInnes, J Neyers, and S Pitel)
  • Oosterhoff on Trusts: Text, Commentary and Materials (7th edn Toronto 2009) (with A Oosterhoff, M McInnes, and L Smith)
  • The Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Unjust Enrichment (Oxford 2009) (with C Mitchell and J Penner)
Chapters in books
  • Conditional Gifts in N Palmer and E McKendrick (eds) Interests in Goods (2nd edn London 1998) 429-460
  • Liability in P Birks and A Pretto (eds) Breach of Trust (Oxford 2002) 1-40
  • Integrating Property and Obligations in A Robertson (ed) The Law of Obligations: Connections and Boundaries (London 2004) 127-144
  • Restrictions on the Use of Money in W Swadling (ed) The Quistclose Trust: Critical Essays (Oxford 2004) 77-120
  • Tracing and Unjust Enrichment in J Neyers, M McInnes, and S Pitel (eds) Understanding Unjust Enrichment (Oxford 2004) 263-309
  • The Importance of Specific Performance in S Degeling and J Edelman (eds) Equity in Commercial Law (Sydney 2005) 431-462
  • Resulting Trusts in A Burrows and Lord Rodger (eds) Mapping the Law: Essays in Memory of Peter Birks (Oxford 2006) 247-264
  • Ignorance in S Degeling and J Edelman (eds) Equity in Commercial Law (Sydney 2008) 253-274 (with J Penner)
  • Two Kinds of Enrichment in R Chambers, C Mitchell, and J Penner (eds) The Philosophical Foundations of the Law of Unjust Enrichment (Oxford 2009) 242-278
  • Is There a Presumption of Resulting Trust? in C Mitchell (ed), Constructive and Resulting Trusts (Oxford 2010) 267-287
  • Trust and Theft in E Bant and M Harding (eds), Exploring Private Law (Cambridge 2010) 223-245
  • Restitution of Overpaid Tax in Canada in S Elliott, B Häcker, and C Mirchell (eds), Restitution of Overpaid Tax (Oxford 2013) 303-312
  • Constructive Trusts in Canada (1999) 37 Alberta Law Review 173-220, reprinted (2001) 15 Trust Law International 214-232, (2002) 16 Trust Law International 2-20
  • Resulting Trusts in Canada (2000) 38 Alberta Law Review 378-414, reprinted (2002) 16 Trust Law International 104-122, 138-150
  • Distrust: Our Fear of Trusts in the Commercial World (2010) 63 Current Legal Problems 631-652
  • Constructive Trusts and Breach of Fiduciary Duty (2013) 77 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 241-251

Current Teaching
Property Law I
Property Law II


International and Commercial Trusts Law 
International and Comparative Secured Transactions (with R Calnan)
Restitution of Unjust Enrichment

PhD Supervision
Professor Chambers welcomes approaches from prospective doctoral students in the areas of property, restitution, trusts, and unjust enrichment.


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