Co-Chair
Michael Lunjevich

Co-Chair
Philip Skinner

Real Estate Section

The Real Estate Section represents a vast knowledge pool and aims to assist all members in communicating and benefitting from that knowledge.

About the Section

The Real Estate Section is the only truly international forum for lawyers interested in real estate law. The recent globalisation of the real estate industry has fundamentally changed the Section’s focus.

While real estate assets are traditionally governed by national rules, real estate transactions have long ceased to be a purely national matter. Today, the ownership of properties is traded among investors around the globe. Increasing internationalisation of all aspects of real estate law has also changed the types of lawyers involved. Transactional specialists who often have a corporate law background have in many cases replaced traditional real estate lawyers.

In this evolving context, the Real Estate Section provides a unique and valuable forum for lawyers from different countries and different legal backgrounds to address all sorts of practical and legal issues, exchange views and meet during conferences.

In recognition of its remarkable invigoration, the Section has recently been officially awarded by the IBA Legal Practice Division.

Members of the Real Estate Section are encouraged to participate actively in the Section's work at its annual conferences, its annual open officers meetings, and, throughout the year, through special projects and through articles in the section's newsletter.

Involvement with the Real Estate Section provides an excellent opportunity not only to exchange views on real estate related matters but also to make useful contacts with real estate lawyers from all over the world.

All officers in the IBA Real Estate Section continue working together to prepare interesting conferences with a focus on international real estate matters. We all enjoy meeting at the IBA conferences. For the time being the conferences are digital, but we hope the conferences will be in-person very soon. If you would like to join our strong network of well esteemed real estate lawyers, and/or If you have ideas for relevant topics or keynote speakers who could contribute with knowledge sharing about legal matters on real estate topics, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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From the Editors, Real Estate Section, October 2020

A message from the Editors of the Real Estate Section, October 2020.

Force majeure and breach of contracts in Argentina

In Argentina, the National Civil and Commercial Code defines the concept of force majeure. Since the Covid-19 crisis is ongoing, there is still no precedent on how judges may decide current and future claims for breach of commercial agreements due to this event. Judicial decisions will most probably contemplate the unforeseen worldwide health crisis and its negative impact in the economic activity of the country.

Impact of Covid-19 on leasing in India

Covid-19 has led to both lessors and lessees witnessing unprecedented times, with India imposing curbs to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, freezing every kind of activity barring essential services. This article seeks to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on both the commercial and residential lease markets along with the view of the Indian courts on the same.

The processing mechanism of default party suing for dissolution of contract in China during Covid-19

Covid-19 has had an important impact on the normal performance of contracts. In the field of real estate, the cases of tenants requesting to terminate contracts have also appeared gradually. In this circumstance, China, the first country affected by the pandemic, has already explored a new mechanism to cope with the situation where tenants breach their contracts and request to terminate, and has applied this mechanism in judicial practice.

From the Co-Chairs, Real Estate Section, October 2020

A message from the Co-Chairs of the Real Estate Section, October 2020.

Projects and Reports

Start a new project!

Is there a particular topic that you are interested in and would like to collaborate on with experts from around the world? Then propose your project to the committee officers.

Subcommittees and other groups

The Real Estate Section also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Commercial Real Estate Subcommittee
  • Real Estate Section Advisory Board
  • Servicing Industry Subcommittee