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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AI283U (Spring 2021–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with legal frameworks that give public institutions, and sometimes also private people, the right to acquire land with compulsion through compulsory purchase in different situations. The following main aspects will be dealt with in the course.

  •  Fundamental motives to permit compulsory purchase. Different situations where compulsory purchase can be realised. Effects if compulsory purchase should not be possible. Compensation rules from economic and legal points of view. Value concepts and their relevance in cases of compensation. Profit sharing versus compensation for damage.

  • Principles for the permission process; judicial or administrative handling of the permission process, material conditions for compulsory purchase. Applicable legislation in different situations. Permission process in different systems of regulation.

  •  Compensation rules in the Expropriation Act, Planning and Building Act, cadastral legislation, environmental and nature conservation legislation. Analysis of legal cases, practice, negotiation solutions and voluntary standards.

  •  Valuation problems in different compensation situations. Methods for estimation of compensation for encroachment and compulsory purchase.

Intended learning outcomes

When the land use is changed- through the creation of new settlement and expansion of roads, railways, power lines etc- the original real estate and owner structure must be adapted to new conditions. To ensure that important projects within the built environment should be possible to be carried out, there is legislation about compulsory acquisition/expropriation that contains rules about partly permission to compulsory purchase (land acquisition), partly which compensation the one that must give up land has the right to. The overall aim of the course is to give a deeper understanding of these permission and compensation regulations. More concretely, it implies that the student should be able to

  •  explain and expound why compulsory purchase can be legitimized

  •  describe the contents of and in what situations different types of law be used.

  •  explain different value concepts for real property and the relation between them

  • describe and compare the legislation’s different compensation principles

  •  apply different compensation rules and principles and explain the compensation in practical cases

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General admission requirement or equivalent knowledge through practical experience.

Recommended prerequisites

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Sjödin, E., Ekbäck, P., Kalbro, T. & Norell, L. Markåtkomst och ersättning (Norstedts juridik, the latest edition).

Additional course literature to be announced when the course starts

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TENA - Exam, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AI283U

Offered by

ABE/Real Estate Planning and Land Law

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Commissioned Course. Admittance to the course can only be purchased by a legal entity who appoints course participants