Charles Mynors was recently approved by the Board of Graduate Studies of the University of Cambridge for the award of a PhD degree under the Special Regulations for his book The Law of Trees, Forests and Hedgerows. He will receive his Doctorate in Cambridge on 23 October 2010.
The book has become the standard text in its field since it was first published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2002; and a second edition is in preparation, expected to be published in 2011.
Charles has also written several other standard textbooks: Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Monuments (fourth edition, 2006)and The Control of Outdoor Advertising and Graffiti (2009), both published by Sweet & Maxwell. He is currently working on Changing Churches and Churchyards: A Guide to Law and Practice, the first edition of which is also expected in 2011.
Note: The University of Cambridge awards each year around ten PhD Degrees under the Special Regulations to graduates of the University who who have submitted published work which, in the opinion of the Examiners, gives clear proof of a significant contribution to learning - for example through the discovery of new knowledge, the connection of previously unrelated facts, the development of new theory, or the revision of older views. The standard required for a PhD Degree under the Special Regulations is the same for the PhD Degree awarded to graduate students on the submission of a dissertation embodying the results of three years of research. A candidate for the PhD Degree under the Special Regulations must also satisfy the Examiners at an oral examination.