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Call for Papers - RICS Legal Research Symposium, COBRA Conference, 10 & 11 September 2009, Cape Town, South Africa

Call for Papers

Contributions should address legal topics affecting the built environment, or the work or education of chartered surveyors. However, the scope of the symposium is deliberately wide and will accommodate the maximum possible range of subject areas and scholastic styles. Papers may therefore adopt a black-letter approach or any other recognised form of legal scholarship. Theoretical, empirical, or socio-legal contributions are welcome as well as comparative studies of the law or practice in two or more jurisdictions. Papers may also address aspects of legal education or professional practice within a surveying or built environment context. It is expected that all papers will be accommodated within one or more of the following themes:

  • Property Law
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Housing Law
  • Planning Law
  • Building Regulation & Control
  • Mediation
  • Adjudication
  • Professional Liability & Ethics
  • Legal Education in Property & Construction
  • International & Comparative Law
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is pleased to invite legal scholars to participate in its legal research symposium, to be held at the University of Cape Town on 10 & 11 September 2009. The RICS is one of the most prominent, and longest established, professional institutions in the property and construction fields worldwide. Founded in 1868, it now has approximately 140,000 members in 120 countries. The Institution is committed to promoting academic research which supports the professional work of its members and particularly recognises the importance of legal research and scholarship in this context.

Legal Research Symposium

The legal research symposium will, once again, take place as part of the annual RICS research conference (known as the ‘COBRA’ conference) and is now a regular feature at these events. It builds on the successes of the legal research symposia at the most recent COBRA conferences in London, UK (2006), Atlanta, USA (2007) and Dublin, Ireland (2008). It is being organised in partnership with the International Working Commission on Law & Dispute Resolution (CIB W113), and in association with the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, published by Emerald Group Publishing. The Emerald Group is also sponsoring an award for the best paper presented at the symposium. The symposium will take place at the University of Cape Town campus. A welcome reception will be hosted at the Two Oceans Aquarium on Cape Town Waterfront and the conference banquet will feature an African cultural evening at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The symposium will address a broad range of legal topics which impact upon all aspects of the design, management and use of the built environment and which therefore affect the professional lives of chartered surveyors. The interdisciplinary nature of COBRA conferences ensures that delegates have the opportunity to interact with other legal scholars as well as with delegates from the many other disciplines affecting the built environment
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