“Dual Ownership” Versus “Absolute Ownership”: A Comparative Analysis

  • Zhen Meng
Part of the Perspectives in Law, Business and Innovation book series (PLBI)


This Chapter provides a comparative analysis on the diverse approaches in which the civil law countries deal with the issue regarding the ownership of trust property. The basic concepts of the “dual ownership” and “absolute ownership”, and the conflict between these two concepts are elaborated in the first section of this Chapter. Then, this Chapter outlines the different scenarios regarding the ownership of trust property in China. Specifically, it examines various conventional interpretations of Article 2 of the Chinese Trust Law suggested by Chinese legal scholars. Further, this Chapter moves on to explain the approaches adopted by the so-called “mixed jurisdictions” such as Scotland, Quebec, Louisiana, and South Africa; also, the trust laws in East Asian jurisdictions such as Japan, Korea, and Taiwan are overviewed. This Chapter ends with a critical summary of the existing debates.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Law, School of Intellectual PropertyNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina

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