Centre for Legal Theory

Property Theory
(funded by Singapore Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier1)


A Workshop, 'New Work on Property Theory' was held at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, on 28 – 29 July 2016.

The theory of property, both in legal philosophy and moral and political philosophy more widely, remains a topic of profound interest. The project will convene an invitation-only workshop on the philosophy of property with a roster of 7-9 outstanding participants. The research project follows on from the publication by the PI and Henry Smith of Harvard University of the edited collection Philosophical Foundations of Property Law (OUP 2014), but with a broader ‘property and political/legal theory’ theme.

The following papers were presented:

" 'Pure' Estopple in Private Law"
Larissa Katz (University of Toronto) via Skype

"Appropriating Lockean Appropriation on Behalf of Equality"
Michael Otsuka (London School of Economics)

"Two ways of theorizing 'collective ownership of the Earth"
Johan Olshoorn (KU Leuven)

"The distributed and the undistributed; Lockean property rights, especially in land"
James Penner (National University of Singapore)

"Lockean Property Theory in Confucian Thought"
Norman Ho (Peking University School of Transnational Law)

"The Role of Use In Defining Property Rights: A Response to Douglas & McFarlane’ʼ
Christopher Newman (George Mason University) via Skype

"The Public Nature of Private Property"
Lisa Austin (University of Toronto)

"What is the Right to Exclude and Why Does it Matter?"
James Stern (William & Mary Law School)

"Is Original Acquisition Problematic?"
Nicholas Sage (London School of Economics)

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