Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Legal Research Symposium

Call for Papers

Contributions are invited for the 2009 symposium in Cape Town. These will take the form of scholarly written papers for presentation at the symposium by their authors. All contributions will be subject to prior peer-review and will also be published in the formal proceedings of the COBRA 2009 conference.

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 sociolegal 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

Submission of Abstracts

Those wishing to contribute to the symposium are first invited to submit an abstract of their paper using the electronic template illustrated on the final page of this brochure. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words and should summarise the purpose, content and conclusions of the paper. They should also identify the paper’s title and include between 3 and 6 keywords for indexing purposes. Completed templates should then be submitted to: p.chynoweth@salford

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is: Friday 3rd April 2009.

Authors will receive confirmation of acceptance of their abstract within a maximum of 2 weeks of submission.

Submission of Final Papers

Subject to prior approval of their abstract, authors are invited to submit their final papers to p.chynoweth@salford for inclusion in the symposium.

The deadline for submission of final papers is: Friday 3rd July 2009.

Papers should generally be between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length but further details of the precise technical requirements will be circulated via the BEL-NET email list ( once these are published by the COBRA conference organisers.

Review Panel

  • John Adriaanse, London South Bank University
  • Julie Adshead, University of Salford
  • Rachelle Alterman, Technion
  • Jane Ball, University of Sheffield
  • Michael Brand, University of New South Wales
  • Penny Brooker, University of Wolverhampton
  • Alice Christudason, NUS
  • Paul Chynoweth, University of Salford
  • Philip Chan, NUS
  • Sai On Cheung, City University of Hong Kong
  • Ron Craig, (formerly) Loughborough University
  • Asanga Gunawansa, NUS
  • Rob Home, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Peter Kennedy, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Anthony Lavers, Keating Chambers
  • Wayne Lord, Loughborough University
  • Tim McLernon. University of Ulster
  • Tinus Maritz, University of Pretoria
  • Mark Massyn, University of Cape Town
  • Frits Meijer, TU Delft
  • Jim Mason, University of the West of England
  • Brodie McAdam, University of Salford
  • Issaka Ndekugri, University of Wolverhampton
  • Robert Pearl, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Linda Thomas-Mobley, Georgia Tech
  • Yvonne Scannell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Cathy Sherry, University of New South Wales
  • Henk Visscher, TU Delft

Useful Web Sites

Symposium homepage -

International Working Commission on Law & Dispute Resolution –

Journal of Law in the Built Environment -

Built Environment Law Network –

CIB W113 Meeting

The International Working Commission on Law & Dispute Resolution (CIB W113) will also hold a separate planning meeting during the symposium. All symposium delegates are most welcome to attend this meeting and to contribute to discussions about the Working Commission’s future direction. The minutes of the previous meeting, held in Sri Lanka in February 2008, are available at:

Key Dates

• Friday 3rd April 2009 – Abstract deadline
• Friday 3rd July 2009 – Full paper deadline

Further Information

Please subscribe to the Built Environment Law Network’s email list at to receive regular updates about the symposium. Further information about the event can beobtained from:
• Paul Chynoweth (Chair, Legal ResearchSymposium) p.chynoweth@salford

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