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Common Land

Common Land

We investigate legal models for securing and protecting common land.

Our research

We investigate legal models for a new approach to securing and protecting common land for local communities. Key objectives are to:

  • identify potential uses of common land for open air recreational use for the public
  • further nature conservation and promoting biodiversity
  • consider strategies for dedication of land as “new” commons, protected by legislation
  • consider legal models for structuring land management for the new commons
  • reconcile the needs and interests of both landowners and the public
  • identify legal problems under the Commons Act 2006 associated to communal use – and how to resolve them
Our common land conference event.

Research briefings


  • Rodgers C, Mackay D, ‘Creating 'new' commons for the twenty-first century: innovative legal models for ‘green space’’ (2017) Journal of Environmental Planning and Management: DOI:10/1080/09640568.2017.1333407
  • Contested Common Land: Environmental Governance Past and Present (with A.Winchester, E. Straughton, M. Pieraccini), Earthscan Publishing, 2011
  • The Law of Nature Conservation: property, environment and the limits of law xxix and 321pp. (Oxford University Press, 2013)

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