The Landowner's Dilemma: are reasonable expectations obsolete?
The Faculty of Law presents
Professor Joseph L. Sax
Berkeley Law, University of California
“Climate change" and “loss of global biodiversity” are the watchwords of our time. Is the price we must pay to address these a radical revision in what it means to own land? Is this the time-like the Industrial Revolution, the end of slavery, the economic recognition of married women as individuals-when long-standing conceptions of ownership had to give way, and the world of law was made anew?
Joseph L. Sax is a world renowned expert in environmental, water, public lands, and property law. His celebrated academic work goes back to the 1970s when he revived and re-created the historical public trust doctrine that limits aspects of private property to account for the public interest.