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UCL appoints two professors of Property Law

19 March 2008

The UCL Faculty of Laws has today announced the appointment of Robert Chambers and James Penner as Professors of Property Law, both from 1 September 2008.

Robert Chambers is one of the world's leading authorities on the law of trusts, in particular resulting and constructive trusts. His work is largely responsible for forging a link between the law of trusts and the law of restitution. A barrister and solicitor in Alberta before obtaining a DPhil at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Peter Birks, his international teaching experience spans appointments at the University of Melbourne, the University of Alberta and King's College London. His publications include Resulting Trusts (Oxford 1997) and An Introduction to Property Law in Australia, second edition (Sydney 2008).

James Penner has an international reputation in the philosophy of property as well being a leading scholar in the law of trusts. Educated at the University of Toronto and University of Oxford, where he obtained a DPhil under the supervision of Professor Joseph Raz, he has taught most recently at the London School of Economics and King's College London, as well as serving as a visiting professor in Canada, Australia, China, and next year, at the University of Tel Aviv. He has written extensively on the philosophy of law, property, and trusts, including The Idea of Property in Law (Oxford 1997) and The Law of Trusts (Oxford 2006), soon to be in its sixth edition. Professor Penner is currently writing a new book on the philosophy of property entitled The Property Fetish: A philosophical betrayal of practical reason.

Sandy Shandro, Dean of the Faculty of Laws at UCL, said: "We are delighted to welcome Professor Chambers and Professor Penner to our property team at UCL. Their arrival will add very significantly to our ground-breaking approach to the discipline, and also add an extra dimension to our reputation for research and scholarship in private law and legal theory more generally."