Welcome to the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights!

Planning matters. Law matters. Property matters. These three simple messages inspire the growing PLPR community to examine the difficult relationship between public and private interests in the use of land.

Upcoming PLPR activities:

Aerial view of Ann Arbor, Michigan

May 2-5, 2023
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) will hold its 17th annual conference May 2-5, 2023 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The event will be hosted by the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

​Annual PLPR conferences provide an opportunity to present scholarship covering a broad array of topics residing at the intersection of planning, law, and/or property rights, and we welcome any proposed presentation situated accordingly. Please check back for more information on the 2023 conference website: https://www.plpr2023.com


Our previous annual conference was held in Ghent (Belgium), at 4-8 July 2022. General details about this conference can be found on the conference’s website. What an amazing conference! It was one of the largest PLPR conferences we ever had, organized like clockwork and in the lovely surrounding of the city of Ghent. We are extremely grateful that Hans Leinfelder and his local organizing team – Peter Lacoere, Tristan Claus, Geert Van Hoorick, Mieke Paelinck, Hendrik Schoukens – brought together KU Leuven, Ghent University and HO Gent, each covering one of the three core thems of planning, law, and property rights. PLPR builds on the enthusiasm and energy of colleagues who volunteer to organize the conferences. Thank you, Hans, Peter, Tristan, Geert, Mieke and Hendrik!

PLPR 2022 Group photo. Source: Courtesy of PLPR 2022 organizers

Additional (latest) PLPR activities:

  • PhD E-Seminar on July 15th 2021. Information here.
  • In February 2021, we conducted a series of PLPR 2021 Online Sessions instead of a conference. So, there was a PLPR activity in February 2021 even in Covid times! Report here. The program also included an Online PhD Workshop.
  • PLPR Track (“Law”) during 32nd AESOP Annual Congress, July 2019 in Venice, Italy.
  • 3rd PLPR Pacific Rim Regional Meeting was held 16-17 April 2018 in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.