BU Law Welcomes Property Law Scholars

The conference brought together leading property law scholars to discuss property theory, land use, the history of property law, and intellectual property.

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  • Thomas Merrill (Columbia Law School) shares his research and thoughts on his work “Murr v. Wisconsin: Constitutional Property Revisited.”

  • Joseph William Singer (Harvard Law) addresses an attendee question citing his first-hand experience on a case.

  • Moderator Anna di Robilant (Boston University) and fellow panelists Laura Underkuffler (Cornell Law) and Joseph William Singer (Harvard Law) enjoy a laugh in between comments.

  • Molly Brady (University of Virginia) addresses feedback on her work “Property and Projection: Casting Light on the Nuisance-Trespass Divide” as Moderator Rashmi Dyal-Chand (Northeastern University) looks on.

  • Fellow attendees' papers are collected and annotated.

  • Melvin Kelley (Northeastern University) reflects on a panelist's presentation.

  • An attendees' notes are reflective of the Law School's famous red colors.

  • Nestor Davidson (Fordham University) and Molly Brady (University of Virginia) discuss over break time.

  • Thomas Mitchell (Texas A&M) references his notes in preparation for a panel question.

  • James Stern (College of William & Mary) and a fellow attendee discuss over break time.

  • Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Katrina Wyman (NYU) discuss over break time.

  • Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv University) poses a question during the first panel of the day.

  • Lisa Alexander (Texas A&M) poses a question to panelists.

  • Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) engages a question.

  • Adam MacLeod (Faulkner University) presents his findings and addresses questions.

Boston University Law School hosted the 2018 Property Works in Progress conference, organized by Professor Anna di Robilant. The conference brought together leading property law scholars to discuss papers on a variety of topics, including property theory, takings, land use, the history of property law, and intellectual property.

Moderators represented a wide variety of Northeast area law schools, including Northeastern University School of Law, Cornell University Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, and Rutgers University Law School. Scholars presenting their research represented an impressive roster of legal institutions, including Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, College of Law & Business in Ramat-Gan, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Barnard College, University of Virginia School of Law, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Cornell University Law School, Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, American University Washington College of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Faulkner University Thomas Good Jones School of Law, Columbia University Law School, College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law, and New York University School of Law.

Over the course of the two-day conference, attendees took part in seven panels devoted to the discussion of advanced “works in progress,” in addition to two roundtables concerning “early-stage” ideas and a book session. Property law topics presented throughout covered constitutional property, access economy, trespass and intention, property and race, intellectual property, social isolation, city charters, Navajo land use, patents, and Romanist-bourgeois property.

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