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The Philosophical Foundations of Property Law Conference

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The Society of Legal Scholars 2012 Annual Seminar 
organised by
Professor James Penner (UCL)
Professor Henry Smith (Harvard)


The Philosophical Foundations of Property Law

Friday 11 & 12 May 2012
at the UCL Faculty of Laws 

This conference is accredited with 12 CPD hours by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board. Our course provider reference for the SRA is IU/UCL.

About the conference:
The philosophical consideration of property concepts has long featured in political and moral philosophy, but there has been a relative absence of serious philosophical attention paid to the various doctrines that shape the actual law of property, a situation in marked contrast to the rich philosophical literatures which attend to specific features of the law of contract or the law of torts. The papers in this seminar are a first step towards filling this gap in the philosophical analysis of private law.


See the full programme, biographies and abstracts of the cases to be discussed at: 

A paper bank of the conference papers will also be available to delegates from the conference website.

Friday 11th May
Welcome from Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC,
Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws
Dennis Klimchuk (University of Western Ontario)
'Property and Necessity'
Carol Rose (University of Arizona Rogers College of Law)
'The Psychology of Property'
Matthew Kramer (Cambridge)
'Why the Interest Theory of Legal Rights is Superior to the Will Theory in Application to Rights of Property'
James Penner (UCL)
'The Mystery of Transfer'
Eric Claeys (George Mason University)
''Productive Use in Acquisition, Accession, and Labor Theory'
Jeremy Waldron (NYU)
'To Bestow Stability upon Possession: Hume's Alternative to Locke'
Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Carnwath

Lisa Austin
(University of Toronto)
'Possession and the Distractions of Philosophy'
Arthur Ripstein (University of Toronto)
'Possession and Use'
Drinks Sponsored by Oxford University Press
Conference Dinner


Saturday 12th May
Peter Benson (University of Toronto)
'Between Property and Contract'
Stephen Munzer (University of California, Los Angeles)
'Property and Disagreement'.
Alan Brudner (University of Toronto)
'How Are Compensated Public Takings Theoretically Possible?'
Brian Lee (Brooklyn Law School)
'Average Reciprocity of Advantage'
Ben McFarlane & Simon Douglas (University of Oxford)
'Defining Property Rights'
Larissa Katz (Queen's University, Kingston)
'Parity and Force in Property Law'
Irit Samet (King's College London)
'The Morality of Proprietary Estoppel: Some Strings Attached'
Henry Smith (Harvard)
'Emergent Property'
17:30 - 18:30
Farewell drinks
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UCL Faculty of Laws
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG London
United Kingdom


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