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Housing Law

Created in 2004


Michel Vols (main contact)
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Faculty of Law
Groningen, The Netherlands
Maria Olinda Garcia
Coimbra University
Faculty of Law
Coimbra, Portugal

Padraic Kenna
School of Law, 
College of Business, Public Policy and Law,
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

The Central Theme of the Working Group
The general aims of the group are to promote dialogue and European research on the importance of law, rights and regulation to all aspects of housing, land and planning. These objectives continue to be very broad to accommodate national differences.

Besides their political, social, and economic implications, housing, land and planning are profoundly influenced by varying national legal environments. International exchange in this area has always been handicapped by quite different national approaches and traditional groupings of legal and socio-legal expertise, despite drives towards European harmonization have not explicitly dealt with land law, but affect this strongly.

This group aims to promote exchange and debate between people in the same area as well as promoting understanding of the multiple types of relevant law. Legal, economic, sociological and philosophical theories are welcome, as well as sociological empirical work on the implementation of law, to improve understanding and expertise across borders.

Future plans / activities
The next working group seminar will place at the yearly ENHR conference in Uppsala in June 2018. It is hoped that the seminar will be a friendly and welcoming forum for the exchange of ideas. The working group is also planning to organise an informal seminar in Coimbra in October/November of 2018.

Activities in 2017
A symposium on Housing Law was held by the group in March 2017 at the University of Malmo, Sweden. Over 30 people attended and there were over 20 presentations. A symposium lunch and dinner was held. This was funded by the University of Malmo. Thanks goes in particular to dr. Ola Jingryd for organising this.

A volume of papers entitled 'Regulating the City: Contemporary Urban Housing law was published in early 2017 edited by Julian Sidoli del Ceno and Michel Vols. This is the first volume of what will be a series of monographs and edited collections in the field of housing law. Further volumes are planned featuring papers collected from the annual symposium and the main ENHR Conference 's Housing Law group's workshop.

The Housing Law working group met again at the main ENHR conference in Tirana in September 2017 and over 10 papers were presented. Contributors came from many European countries. Our working group member professor Sergio Nasarre-Aznar was one of the keynote speakers at the conference. Another symposium on Housing Law was organised by the group (together with prof. Christoph Schmid of the TENLAW project) on 28 and 29 September 2017 in Groningen, the Netherlands. Over 30 people attended and there were more than 15 presentations.

Policy implications
Members of the working group are/were involved in several research projects funded by the European Union and national governments (e.g. the TENLAW project). In most of the papers presented at the working group meetings the presenters discuss policy implications of their legal research too.