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285.69 sec. 001 - Property, Theory, and Social Justice (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Gregory Stewart Alexander  
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 107
From January 12, 2023
To April 20, 2023

Course Start: January 12, 2023
Course End: April 20, 2023
Class Number: 32682

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This is an interdisciplinary course that explores various aspects of property, both doctrinally and institutionally, from theoretical perspectives. The topics will be eclectic and wide-ranging, but we will pay particular attention to racial justice and other ways in which social justice intersects with property. Some of the topics include: whiteness as property; conquest and slavery; reparations; the body and body parts; squatters; restrictive covenants and social norms. We will also consider some of the traditional theories of property rights. I will make each week's readings available online prior to class for you to download.

For your information, I am the A. Robert Noll Professor of Law Emeritus, at Cornell Law School. Property and property theory are my primary areas of interest. I am co-author of the leading property casebook, Dukeminier, Krier, Alexander, Schill & Strahilevitz, and am also co-author (with Eduardo Penalver) of a leading textbook on property theory, An Introduction to Property Theory (Cambridge). I've been a visiting professor at other major law schools, including Harvard, Virginia, and most recently, Berkeley.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Legal History

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