Michael Arthur




PhD topic

'Land Reform and the Common Good'


Dr Jill Robbie
Dr Frankie McCarthy


I completed my LLB at the University of Glasgow in 2016.  Following this, I obtained a LLM by Research, also at the University of Glasgow, which was funded by the Registers of Scotland.  My thesis title was “Publicity and Privacy in Land Registration in Scotland” – available at http://theses.gla.ac.uk/8699/ 

I also have a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics (1995) from the University of Glasgow and a MBA (2007) from the University of Strathclyde.

Research Interests

Scotland is in the process of implementing an extensive land reform programme for the benefit of the “common good”; this being a range of legislative and policy measures intended to achieve social justice through reform of property law. My research project will explore the theoretical implications of the concept of common good, analysing the extent to which the Scottish regime has achieved its objectives, and use the Scottish experience as a case study from which other nations may learn how to reform land law effectively.


Tutor for Property Law


I was granted a University of Glasgow, College of Social Sciences PhD scholarship for my current research project.  The Registers of Scotland funded my LLM by Research project as part of the 400th anniversary of the Register of Sasines.


I assisted Dr Robbie with her response to the “Improving Transparency in Land Ownership in Scotland” consultation response.  Available at http://schooloflaw.academicblogs.co.uk/2016/12/06/improving-transparency-in-land-ownership-in-scotland-dr-jill-robbies-consultation-response/

My paper on “Publicity and Privacy in Land Registration in Scotland” was recently accepted for the Young Property Lawyers Forum, taking place in May 2018 at the University of Maastricht: http://yplf.net/

Additional Information

I worked in oil exploration, followed by life cycle costing of army and navy equipment and then worked at the University of Glasgow from 2001 to 2014, in the Planning Office, the Faculty of Arts and finally as Head of the Student Lifecycle Support and Development Team.