This book examines the current state of, and emerging issues in relation to, the Torrens and other systems of land registration, and the process of automation of land registration systems in jurisdictions where this is occurring worldwide. It analyses the impacts of advances in digital technology in this area and includes contributions from of a number of experts and leaders in this subject from a number of jurisdictions. While it has an Australasian bias, there are important chapters outlining current challenges and developments in Scotland, England and Wales, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The book will be relevant to those engaged in land registration and conveyancing processes, including, but not limited to, property law practitioners and conveyancers, academics in this field, government and public policy experts, law and property students, and IT and IP experts, especially those working on developing automated land registration systems.
List of Contributors
Table of Cases
Table of Legislation
D. W. MCMORLAND
DAVID GRINLINTON AND ROD THOMAS
PART I: Land Title Security: Recent Developments and Current Issues
1. Title Guarantee or Title Indefeasibility?
2. Fraud and Torrens
PROFESSOR THE HON. WILLIAM GUMMOW AC
3. In Personam Claims: Developments and Thoughts
4. Indefeasibility of Title: Law Reform in Scotland and New Zealand
KENNETH G. C. REID
5. Recent Developments in the Torrens System in Australia
6. Reform of the New Zealand Land Transfer Act 2017
RT HON SIR PETER BLANCHARD
7. The New Fraud Test and Manifest Injustice
NEIL CAMPBELL AND ROD THOMAS
8. Knocking at the Compensation Door: What Might a Deprived Owner Expect Under the Land Transfer Act 2017?
9. The Registrar’s Powers in the Digital Age
10. Making Personal Obligations Binding: Covenants in Gross and Encumbrances Under New Zealand’s New Land Transfer Act
PART II: Automation of Land Registration Systems
11. Automation, the Land Registration Act (England and Wales) and the Future
12. Automation of a Torrens Register: An Australian Perspective
PROFESSOR SHARON CHRISTENSEN
13. The Development and Current Position of Electronic Conveyancing in Ireland
14. Automation of the New Zealand Torrens Register: Practitioner Abuse, Risk and Liability
PART III: Cross-cutting Issues and Emerging Challenges
15. Are Land Registers Becoming Online Intermediary Platforms of Land Data?
SJEF VAN ERP
16. Privatisation, the Consensus Algorithms of Blockchains, and Land Titling in Australia: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Going?
LYNDEN GRIGGS AND ROUHSHI LOW
17. Judicial Interpretation of Torrens Registered Documents
18. Indigenous Land Rights and Land Registration Systems: Māori and the Land Transfer Act 2017
JUDGE LAYNE HARVEY
19. Managing Property Law Risk: The Role of Private Insurance
20. Land Registration in England & Wales: Problems, Solutions and Missed Opportunities
MARTIN DIXON AND EMMA LEES