Category Archives: Law and Development

Dari‐Mattiacci and Fabbri, ‘The Virtuous Cycle of Property’

ABSTRACT We show that formalizing private property rights has a positive effect on the propensity to respect the property of others, a social preference with important implications for growth and economic development. Our identification strategy is based on a unique feature of a recent large-scale land-tenure reform in West Africa, which was the first of […]

Christopher Rodgers, ‘Towards a Taxonomy for Public and Common Property’

ABSTRACT This article argues that public property rights should be recognised as a separate category of property interest, different and distinct from private and common property interests and conferring distinctive rights and obligations on both ‘owners’ and members of the public. It develops a taxonomy to differentiate private, public and common property rights. The article […]

Thomas Papadopoulos, ‘Building the Legal Framework of Privatizations in Cyprus: The Missing Link with Sustainable Development’

Abstract This article presents and scrutinizes the Privatizations Law of the Republic of Cyprus, in the context of sustainable development. Cyprus was another victim of the Eurozone crisis. A bailout agreement was reached between Cyprus and its creditors. This bailout agreement was accompanied by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on specific Economic Policy Conditionality requiring […]

Carmine Guerriero, ‘Property Rights, Transaction Costs, and the Limits of the Market’

Abstract Although the relevance of property rights and transaction costs for trade and innovation are well-known, we still lack a formal framework to think about their origins and interplay. Within trade interactions, fully protecting the original owners’ property implies that some high-valuation potential buyers inefficiently refuse to buy it because of transaction costs. When instead […]

Robin Malloy, ‘Law, Market, and Marketization’

Abstract: Marketization is a process occurring in many transitional economies as countries seek to adjust their legal systems to facilitate broader market participation while expanding global trade. This essay sets out one way of understanding this process by focusing on the relationship among, law, markets, and marketization. It identifies and explains basic legal requirements for […]

Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens, ‘On the Relative Pertinence of the Civil Law/Common Law Dichotomy When Reflecting on the Relationship between Comparative Law, Development Law and Living Law. Some Observations in the African Context’

Abstract: This article examines the pertinence of resorting to the civil law/common law dichotomy in the context of the use of legal comparison to evaluate the relative ‘performance’ of states in the development field. It accordingly looks into the growing importance of neo-institutionalist analysis in law and development economics, in order to conclude that if […]

Antonio Perez, ‘The Hedgehog, the Fox, and Kozolchyk: The Practical and Philosophical Foundations of Best Practices in Legal Harmonization for Economic Development’

Abstract: This essay explicates Professor Boris Kozolchyk’s magnum opus, Comparative Commercial Contracts, as a vehicle for exploring the practical and philosophical foundations for effective efforts to promote international legal harmonization in private law. Its central thesis is that good practices are founded on the philosophical premises embedded in Kozolchyk’s work, which in turn are drawn […]

Deepa Badrinarayana, ‘The Jewel in the Crown: Can India’s Strict Liability Doctrine Deepen Our Understanding of Tort Law Theory?’

Abstract: The evolution of tort law in former British colonies is not only fascinating; it also holds clues into the age old question of whether law or any discrete area of law can be universal. The exploration into doctrinal divergences and convergences is part of a larger quest: to capture the theoretical underpinnings of tort […]

Call For Papers: Consumers as Sustainable Market Actors: University of Sheffield, 6 July 2017

The conference intends to think critically about the role which consumers can play for the promotion of greater sustainable development. It invites papers that discuss how consumers already contribute to the promotion of sustainable development and how consumers could do this better if, for example, amendments to the law were made. The conference is open […]

Qiao and Upham, ‘China’s Changing Property Law Landscape’

Abstract: This chapter provides an outline of the changing Chinese land regime, including the past, present, and future of land expropriation, small or informal property rights, and rural land reform. We argue that the evolution of Chinese land law exhibits three characteristics. First, law serves as the final confirmation of policy reforms, rather than the […]