Research Handbook on Property, Law and Theory

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Research Handbook on Property, Law and Theory

9781802202052 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Chris Bevan, Professor in Property Law, Durham Law School, Durham University, UK
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80220 205 2 Extent: 552 pp
This comprehensive Research Handbook interrogates and offers historical as well as contemporary understandings of property, property law and property theory. Chapters locate the role of property in key theoretical debates and examine property’s place in significant social contexts, covering topics such as Indigenous property, artificial intelligence, cryptoassets, property and the art world, environmentalism and climate change.

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This comprehensive Research Handbook interrogates and offers historical as well as contemporary understandings of property, property law and property theory. Chapters locate the role of property in key theoretical debates and examine property’s place in significant social contexts, covering topics such as Indigenous property, artificial intelligence, cryptoassets, property and the art world, environmentalism and climate change.

Bringing together over 30 contributors from Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America, the Research Handbook surveys the dynamic fields of property and property law across legal traditions through different historical, contemporary, comparative and jurisdiction-specific lenses. Contributing authors pose questions as to how property can and should be theorised and conceptualised, incorporating insights from feminist and LGBTQ+ perspectives, as well as questions surrounding property and emotion, squatting and human rights issues. Contributors explore how property operates in different legal frameworks and in these distinct contexts, reflecting on property’s place in theory and society.

Presenting unique insights from leading experts in the field, this prescient Research Handbook is a thought-provoking read for students and scholars of legal theory, property law, property theory and socio-legal studies.
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‘Of all collections in property, law and theory, this book stands out. Its breadth and depth are extraordinary, with contributions from pre-eminent and emerging scholars from five continents. It ranges from critiques and defenses of the classic justifications for the human institution of property to squatters’ rights, the LGBTQ+ community, digital property, and the impending collision between established property rights and climate catastrophe. This is the resource in the field published in the last twenty years.’
– Laura Underkuffler, Cornell University, US

‘A fascinating and thought-provoking compilation for anyone interested in property. The Research Handbook asks difficult questions and provides many answers, leaving plenty of scope for contributors to develop new arguments and ideas. A highly rewarding read for anyone interested in property research and practice.’
– Antonia Layard, University of Oxford, UK

‘This indispensable Research Handbook brings together an extraordinary group of property scholars from around the world. The result is a richly stimulating volume that traces property thought from its origins and first principles to its urgent contemporary applications and controversies.’
– Lior Jacob Strahilevitz, University of Chicago, US
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