Founding Principles

Founding Principles – Young Property Lawyers Forum – YPLF


  • The Young Property Lawyers Forum (YPLF) is an informal network for junior and senior property lawyers.
  • A property lawyer is a researcher in the area of property law in the widest sense of the term, including (but not limited to) the law of things, land law, personal property law, constitutional property law, European property law, comparative property law, virtual property law and commercial property law.
  • A junior property lawyer is a researcher working on his or her PhD thesis or within 5 years of successfully defending his or her PhD thesis.
  • A senior property lawyer is a researcher with more than 5 years post-doctoral research experience.

Annual meeting – organisation and finances

  • There is a YPLF board of advice.
  • The YPLF convenes once a year at a location to be determined by the board of advice.
  • The board of advice convenes during an annual meeting of the YPLF.
  • Each year junior property lawyers may propose to host a YPLF meeting to the board of advice.
  • A YPLF is organised by junior property lawyers, assisted by senior property lawyers and other faculty/institutional members if necessary. The lead organisation is always in the hands of the junior property lawyers to gain valuable conference organizing experience.
  • A YPLF takes place on the principle that all participants bear their own travel and accommodation costs. A participation fee is generally not charged.
  • The YPLF-organisers will try to obtain financing to host meals and refreshments for junior participants and senior participants if possible. Where possible, they can reimburse travel and accommodation costs of junior participants.
  • Senior participants are expected to bear their own costs.

Annual meeting – format

  • At a YPLF meeting junior property lawyers present their research or a research paper, preferably on work in progress.
  • At a YPLF meeting senior property lawyers do not present, but constructively comment on the junior property lawyers’ presentation and research
  • A YPLF meeting is free of form: proposals can be submitted to the board of advice. This may include poster presentations, master classes, panel discussions etc.

Publication of conference proceedings

  • The YPLF-organisers will try to edit and publish the conference papers in a book. The book is edited by the junior property lawyers and not seniors, to gain valuable book editing experience.
  • Senior property lawyers can of course contribute to the book.
  • The YPLF books are generally edited by the current year’s organizers in co-operation with last year’s organizers.