Martin George

Lecturer in Land Law
Deputy Director of Education

Birmingham Law School

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom


Martin George researches and lectures in Land Law and the Conflict of Laws. He is the 2012-13 winner of the Head of School's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Feedback and office hours

Mondays, 3pm-4pm | Tuesdays, 12pm-1pm

I also operate an open-door policy: if my door is open, you are welcome to knock on my door at any time. If my door is closed, just email me to make an appointment if you cannot make my usual office hours.


Martin George took his undergraduate law degree at the University of Leicester, and his LLM in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. Martin was a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Birmingham and a College Lecturer at Hertford College, Oxford prior to taking up his Lectureship here.


Martin is the 2012-13 winner of the Head of School's Award for Excellence in Teaching, voted for by the students. 

Postgraduate supervision

  • Conflict of Laws / Private International Law (and especially its commercial aspects)
  • Land Law


Martin's major research interests are in land law and the conflict of laws. His current focus is on questions of civil jurisdiction arising from the carriage of goods by sea, and the criminalisation of squatting. He has presented papers at London, New York, Birmingham and Cambridge.

Martin has been a consultant to the British Institute of International & Comparative Law on a European Commission-funded comparative study concerning the application of the Brussels I Regulation in the Member States. He was also a national reporter for England on a feasibility study commissioned by the European Commission on the creation of a European research network in the fields of international private law, civil law and civil procedure.

Martin is the creator and General Editor of Conflict of Laws .net, a blog devoted to news and views in private international law, updated by a team of international scholars representing most of the major jurisdictions. It is sponsored by Hart Publishing, and runs in association with the Journal of Private International Law (where Martin is also a member of the editorial board.) It has been cited in academic literature and by the Ministry of Justice.

Other activities

  • Deputy Director of Education, Birmingham Law School
  • Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants and Visiting Lecturers
  • Year 2 LLB Co-ordinator
  • Trustee, Holdsworth Club


Selected Articles:

  • ‘Service Contracts, Carriage by Air and the Brussels I Regulation’ (2010) 126 Law Quarterly Review 30 (with J Harris)
  • ‘The Rise and Fall of Adverse Possession’ [2009] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 427
  • ‘The Law Applicable to Torts Committed On Board Vessels in Foreign Territorial Waters’ (2009) 15 Journal of International Maritime Law 13
  • ‘Cheshire, North & Fawcett: Private International Law’ (book review) [2009] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 265
  • Choice of Law in Maritime Torts’ (2007) 3 Journal of Private International Law 137
  • ‘The Present Situation of Private International Law in England’ (2005) 6 European Legal Forum I-257, I-271


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