Urban commons, from Italy to Europe

What should we do with abandoned spaces and facilities in the outskirts of our cities? How can we recover such spaces, while at the same time strengthening social cohesion in our neighbourhoods and citizens’ participation in local administrations? In Italy, in the last ten years, a remarkable number of municipalities (around 200 – [...]

By |2023-07-21T12:34:23+00:00July 21st, 2023|Property|0 Comments

Positive Sustainable Obligations in Property Law

When it comes to living within our planetary boundaries, land use is incredibly important. Not only do industry and agriculture significantly contribute to climate change, also construction of homes and the way in which these homes are used have negative effects on our climate. Our legal system plays an important role in our transition [...]

By |2023-04-19T10:17:23+00:00April 19th, 2023|Property|0 Comments

The Nature of Comparing

What do you think about when someone mentions the US State of Louisiana? Mardi gras, hurricanes, jazz and a Sazerac cocktail? Ask a comparative lawyer and they may respond that Louisiana is a Mixed Legal System, meaning that it is a mixture of Common law and Civil law elements. Mixed Legal Systems form a [...]

By |2022-06-02T15:39:47+00:00June 2nd, 2022|Property|0 Comments

The shifting contours of property: ‘social function’ in the neoliberal era

‘Property', Alexis de Tocqueville wrote on the eve of the uprisings that shook Europe in 1848, ‘will be the great battlefield’. As the long shadow of the French Revolution sealed the demise of the aristocratic order and cemented the shift from feudal to capitalist property constructs, Tocqueville expected political contestation to increasingly play [...]

By |2021-12-09T08:39:35+00:00December 8th, 2021|Property|0 Comments

Transformative Property Law

Property’s transformative nature: Space mining, Airbnb, and Apartheid For the last few years, a new, innovative business model has been on the rise. It is called ‘space mining’ – digging for valuable resources in asteroids and other minor planets in outer space. Big companies with exotic names, like Space X by Elon Musk, or [...]

By |2020-11-02T11:36:58+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Property|0 Comments
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