Welcome to the Law & Dispute Resolution Working Commission's website.
We are a worldwide community of legal scholars working in the fields of property, construction and the built environment. Our focus is on the application of law in these contexts and our membership includes those with expertise in property, construction, housing, planning and environmental law as well as the many other areas of law which impact on the wider built environment.
Our activities embrace all forms of legal scholarship including theoretical, doctrinal, empirical and comparative law research. Our international membership provides us with a unique opportunity to undertake collaborative comparative law studies across multiple jurisdictions and we welcome enquiries from legal scholars worldwide who would be interested in working with us on future projects.
We are one of over 50 working commissions and task groups of the International Council for Research & Innovation in Building and Construction (usually known simply as 'CIB'). Within CIB we are known by our working commission number - W113.
W113 is led by Paul Chynoweth of the University of Salford, UK.
- ARCOM CONFERENCE 2014, PORTSMOUTH, UK - Our next meeting will take place in Portsmouth, UK,between 1st and 3rd September 2014, in partnership with the ARCOM 2014 conference.
- COBRA CONFERENCE 2013, NEW DELHI, INDIA - Our most recent meeting took place in New Delhi, India, in September 2013, in partnership with the RICS COBRA 2013 conference.
- OUR JOURNAL - The International Journal of Law in the Built Environment - now in its fifth year of publication - has recently received the publisher's Best New Journal Award. Please also join us in our new Linked-in group.
- RECENT AWARDS - Julian Sidoli del Ceno won the legal research symposium 'best paper' award at the COBRA 2013 conference in New Delhi. Nick Hopkins and Emma Laurie won the award at the COBRA 2012 conference in Las Vegas. Nicholas Markham, Susan Bright and Nick Hopkins (pictured above) received the RICS best property paper award at the Manchester COBRA 2011 conference and Rachelle Alterman received the award for the best paper at the COBRA 2010 conference in Paris.