Anglo-American Land Law: Diverging Developments from a Shared History - Part I: The Shared History

61 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2008

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David A. Thomas

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Date Written: July, 28 2008

Abstract

This series of three articles describes the history of land law shared by the British and American legal systems, and how and why these legal traditions have diverged from each other in modern times.

This Article - part 1 in this series - describes the emerging customs and laws regarding land rights among early inhabitants of Britain, and how succeeding invasions and occupation by Celtic, Roman, Germanic, and Norman peoples altered these customs and laws. The Article details the profound changes in land law worked by massive economic changes in early British society, including sociological occurrences such as the Black Death, and the adoption of laws, such as the Statute of Uses in 1536.

Keywords: Legal history, real property, land law, Norman conquest, Domesday Survey, feudalism, manorial system, English property rights

Suggested Citation

Thomas, David A., Anglo-American Land Law: Diverging Developments from a Shared History - Part I: The Shared History (July, 28 2008). Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Vol. 34, pp. 143-203, Spring 1999, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1184122

David A. Thomas (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )

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Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States

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