M.A., Ph.D., LL.D. (Cambridge), D.C.L. (Oxford)

Fellow of the British Academy
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Cambridge
Bencher of the Middle Temple
Member of the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé

Kevin Gray

Academic career

Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge 1975 - 1981
Yorke Prize (University of Cambridge) 1977
Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge 1981 - 1990
Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge 1978 - 1990
Research Fellow (Philosophy/Law), RSSS, Australian National University 1990
Drapers’ Professor of Law, University of London 1991 - 1993
Senior Research Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford 1993 - 1994
Professor of Law, University of Cambridge 1993 - 2011
Professorial Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge 1993 - 2011
Fellow of the British Academy 1999 -
Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge 2004 - 2015
Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow 2008 - 2011
Life Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge 2011 -
Distinguished Visiting Mentor, Australian National University 2015

Visiting Professorships and Fellowships

Australian National University (Faculty of Law / College of Law / Urban Research Programme, RSSS); National University of Singapore; and the Universities of New South Wales, Osaka (Graduate School of Law), Stellenbosch, and Tasmania.

Research interests

Property theory: the meaning and function of property
Giving, taking and restoring
Environmental law and legal geography
The jurisprudence of the quasi-public domain
Human rights and distributive justice
Comparative law

Other activities

Junior and Senior international athlete 1968 - 1969
Project Supervisor, Community Service Volunteers 1985 - 1989
Trustee, Trinity in Camberwell 1985 - 1997
Trustee, Donald Robertson Memorial Trust 1987 -
Member, Access and Conservation Committee, British Mountaineering Council 2002 - 2006
Chairman, Library Committee, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London 2002 - 2010
Member, Advisory Council, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London 2002 - 2010
Honorary Academic Member of the Property Bar Association 2016 -



Elements of Land Law (5th edn with S F Gray, Oxford UP 2009)
[1st edn Butterworths 1987]

Land Law (Core Text Series) (7th edn with S F Gray, Oxford UP 2011)
[1st edn Butterworths 1999]

Cambridge-Tilburg Law Lectures 1982 (with C C Turpin, Kluwer Law Publishers 1986)
(Property, Divorce and Retirement Pension Rights)

Social Welfare Law (with D S Pearl, Croom Helm 1981)

Reallocation of Property on Divorce (Professional Books 1977)

Articles, notes and contributions to edited books

Recreational Property in S Bright (ed), Modern Studies in Property Law Vol 6
(Hart Publishing 2011) 1-37

Land law
in C S Barnard, J O’Sullivan and G J Virgo (eds), What About Law? Studying Law at University
(2nd edn Hart Publishing 2011) 107-126 [1st edn Hart Publishing 2007]

Regulatory property and the jurisprudence of quasi-public trust
(2010) 32 Sydney Law Review 221 - 241 [PDF]

Pedestrian democracy and the geography of hope
(2010) 1 Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 45 - 65 [PDF]

Introduction to Land Law Special Issue (Guest Editor)
(2010) 22 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 1 - 8

Property in a Queue
in Gregory S Alexander and Eduardo M Peñalver (eds), Property and Community
(Oxford University Press, New York 2009) 165 - 195

There’s No Place Like Home! [PDF]
(2007) 11(1) Journal of South Pacific Law 73 - 88

Can environmental regulation constitute a taking of property at common law? [PDF]
(2007) 24 Environmental and Planning Law Journal 161 - 181

Doctrinal Issues in Property in Encyclopedia of Law and Society: American and Global Perspectives
(Sage Publications 2007) 1198 - 1203

Human property rights: the politics of expropriation (2005) 16(3) Stellenbosch Law Review 398 - 412

The rhetoric of realty (with S F Gray) [PDF]
in J Getzler (ed), Rationalizing Property, Equity and Trusts: Essays in Honour of Edward Burn
(LexisNexis 2003) 204 - 280

Land Law and Human Rights [PDF]
in L Tee (ed), Land Law: Issues, Debates, Policy (Willan Publishing 2002) 211 - 245

Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs and Quasi-Public Space (with S F Gray) [PDF]
(1999) 4 European Human Rights Law Review 46 - 102

Private Property and Public Propriety (with S F Gray)
in J McLean (ed), Property and the Constitution (Hart Publishing 1999) 11 - 39

Foreword in J Holder and D McGillivray (eds), Locality and Identity: Environmental Issues in Law
and Society
(Dartmouth 1999) xi - xii

The Future of Real Burdens in Scots Law (with S F Gray) [PDF]
(1999) 3 Edinburgh Law Review 229 - 239

The idea of property in land (with S F Gray) [PDF]
in S Bright and J K Dewar (eds), Law and Land: Themes and Perspectives
(Clarendon Press 1998) 15 - 51

Property in Common Law Systems
in G E van Maanen and A J van der Walt (eds), Property Law on the Threshold of the 21st Century
(MAKLU 1996) 235 - 283

Equitable Property [PDF]
(1994) 47(2) Current Legal Problems 157 - 214

The Ambivalence of Property
in G Prins (ed), Threats Without Enemies (Earthscan Publications 1993) 150 - 170

Property in Thin Air (1991) 50 Cambridge Law Journal 252 - 307 [PDF]

Le droit de la famille in J A Jolowicz (ed), Droit Anglais (2nd edn, Precis Dalloz 1992) 293 - 316
[1st edn, Precis Dalloz 1986) 405 - 438; translated into Spanish: El derecho de familia in
J A Jolowicz (ed), Derecho Inglés (Editorial Jurídica Venezolana, Caracas 1992) 337 - 363]

The Teaching of Property Law in P B H Birks (ed), Examining the Law Syllabus: The Core (Clarendon Press 1992) 15 - 21

The Law of Trusts and the Quasi-Matrimonial Home (1983) 42 Cambridge Law Journal 30 - 34

The Family Home on Divorce (1982) 41 Cambridge Law Journal 228 - 231

Matrimonial Property in Australia and New Zealand: Towards More Effective Bargaining on Divorce
in H A Finlay and R Bailey (ed), Property and Finance in Family Law (Canberra 1981) 6 - 21

The Rent Act: Recovery of Possession by a Joint Lessor (1980) 39 Cambridge Law Journal 27 - 31

Lease or licence to evade the Rent Act? (1979) 38 Cambridge Law Journal 38 - 44

Unité du couple et droits patrimoniaux des époux
in H A Schwarz-Liebermann (ed), Mariage et famille en question (CNRS Paris 1979) 43 - 71

Other articles, reports and notes

The legal order of the queue (2007) [link]

A Note on Traditional Freedoms of Access [PDF]
(Paper prepared for the Access and Conservation Group of the British Mountaineering Council, March 2003)

Normative Interpretation of Statutes
(Paper presented on 12 September 1996 at the Cambridge Conference of the Society of Public Teachers of Law)

Family Property Law
(Report for the English Law Commission on the results of a national survey of public opinion (June 1972))


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