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Methods of Compulsory Purchase of Land in Europe

Dr J A Carty, October 1977
Department of Public International Law, University of Glasgow

Introduction

The Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) commissioned research into European legislation affecting control of land use and land ownership. The terms of reference for this work were " . to report to the Board on the nature, extent and operation of compulsory purchase powers by national and regional agencies and the procedures which attach thereto, and the nature of other public controls over land ownership transfer and use in certain Europe countries". The countries studied were Norway, Sweden, Denmark, West Germany (Baden-Wurtenberg and Bavaria), Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain and the Irish Republic.

The contents of the paper are listed below.
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Contents

bulletIntroduction
bulletCompulsory Purchase of Rural Land in Western Europe - The Social Obligations of Property
bulletMethod of Study
bulletA: Procedures and Practice Relevant to the Compulsory Purchase of Land in Western Europe
bulletSpain
bulletSwitzerland
bulletIreland
bulletNorway
bulletFrance
bulletB: Compulsory Leasing of Underused Land in Western Europe
bulletC: The Control of Land Transactions and the Right of Pre-emption
bulletQualifications attaching to persons acquiring land
bulletProcedures used to bring the legal controls into operation
bulletThe legal characteristics of the right of pre-emption
bulletSource

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