Category Archives: Land use and Environment

‘The Roman public trust doctrine’

“I’ve often expressed impatience with the throwaway references to Justinian (often misconstrued as an adjective!) that are so ubiquitous in discussions of the public trust doctrine. Now comes Bruce Frier’s review of Domenico Dursi’s Res Communes Omnium. Dalle necessità economiche alla disciplina giuridica (Jovene, 2017) to make some order for those of us for whom […]

‘Hartog on property in land and water’

“As part of his stint as a guest blogger at Legal History Blog, Dirk Hartog recently blogged about his own early work on waterfront development in New York City and his encounter with Debjani Bhattacharyya’s Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta: The Making of Calcutta. Some excerpts, followed by a quibble of mine …” […]

Steven Czak, ‘Public Nuisance Claims After ConAgra

ABSTRACT This Note examines the continuing harms of lead-based paint and attempts by cities and states to hold manufacturers and distributors liable for abatement under the public nuisance doctrine. Such suits have stretched traditional conceptions of public nuisance, particularly on the threshold issue of whether pervasive lead paint in residences infringes on a common right […]

Alexandre Lillo, ‘Is Water Simply a Flow? Exploring an Alternative Mindset for Recognizing Water As a Legal Person’

ABSTRACT ‘Water is a flow that transcends the human-nature binary’ (Cohen, 2015), and therefore should be considered accordingly. Our modern societies must deal with severe water issues on a daily basis. These contemporary problematics, although acknowledged through the work of scientists, remain a “headache” for human and social sciences. Indeed, the instruments and mechanisms provided […]

Karen Sokol, ‘Seeking (Some) Climate Justice in State Tort Law’

ABSTRACT Over the last decade, an increasing number of path-breaking cases have been filed throughout the world seeking to hold fossil fuel industry companies and governments accountable for their actions and inactions that have contributed to the current climate crisis. This Article focuses on an important subset of those cases-namely, the recent surge of cases […]

‘Projecting and Puppeteering’

Maureen E Brady, Property and Projection, 133 Harvard Law Review (forthcoming 2020), available at SSRN. Suppose an unfriendly neighbor, professional rival, disgruntled employee, or random malcontent decides to send a message – from you. Said enemy projects words or images onto your real estate – the facade of your home or office building, say – […]

Brian Preston, ‘Mapping Climate Change Litigation’

ABSTRACT Litigation raising climate change issues has increased in the number and types of cases and the countries and jurisdictions in which the litigation has been brought. This article briefly maps this climate change litigation. In some places, the territory is well charted but in other places these is still terra incognita. In the latter […]

Lynda Warren, ‘Is Japanese Knotweed inherently damaging? Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams and Waistell [2018] EWCA Civ 1514′

ABSTRACT The Court of Appeal in Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd v Williams and Waistell [2018] EWCA Civ 1514 held that the encroachment of Japanese Knotweed can be grounds for an action in nuisance if development or improvement of the property would require the treatment of contaminated soil and/or its licensed removal as controlled waste. The […]

‘Notre Dame Fire leads to environmental lawsuit’

“Following the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral last April in Paris, which we covered here, and in yet another example of how climate activism has recently become entangled with the arts and the cultural sector, there has been strong criticism from one environmental activist group in Paris regarding lead poisoning concerns …” (more) [Julia […]

Ruhl and McGinn, ‘The Roman Public Trust Doctrine: What Was It, and Does It Support an Atmospheric Trust?’

ABSTRACT Through building waves of legal scholarship and litigation, a group of legal academics and practitioners is advancing a theory of the public trust doctrine styled as the ‘atmospheric trust’. The atmospheric trust would require the federal and state governments to regulate public and private actors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so as to abate […]