Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CFP: Property Rights and Human Rights: New Possibilities in an Age of Inequality


Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, Australia: August 9-10 2018

Call for Papers 

The Monash University Centre for Commercial Law and Regulatory Studies, and the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, are hosting a conference on Property Rights and Human Rights: New Possibilities in an Age of Inequality on August 9-10, 2018.

The debate on property rights and human rights has renewed relevance as a result of global inequality, mass movements of people, and modern forms of slavery. While the underlying issue remains tensions between the distributional consequences of property and property as a source of freedom from interference, the context has shifted from protection against arbitrary state takings to the emancipatory possibilities (and limitations) of property for people often excluded by the state, including refugees and the internally displaced, ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples, victims of human trafficking, farmers and forest-dwellers, and households subject to disability or extreme poverty.

Recent scholarly responses to the new contexts of property have moved from libertarian conceptions, which focus on safeguards against the state, to progressive accounts that incorporate social obligations, and respect for interpersonal relationships, into the definition of property itself. A common thread for progressive accounts is the re-emergence of natural law conceptions, which bypass the state as a source of real or intellectual property rights, and re-configure property to enhance compatibility with human rights, including international human rights law. However, residual issues remain as to competing “essentialist” perspectives on property law, including the status of private rights to exclude, and the role of the state as a source of freehold or monopoly rights. This conference explores the new possibilities of property rights and human rights in an age of inequality with reference to the following topics:

  • Property and distributive justice.
  • Property, sovereignty and poverty.
  • Property and human trafficking.
  • Property, disability and discrimination.
  • Property and indigeneity.
  • Land grabs and international human rights law.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Gregory Alexander, A. Robert Noll Professor of Law, Cornell University;
  • Robin Paul Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, Syracuse University; and
  • Hanoch Dagan, Stewart and Judy Colton Professor of Legal Theory and Innovation, Tel-Aviv University.

Important Dates and Details

Deadline for Abstracts: 20 March 2018

Submit abstract here.

Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: 30 March 2018

Deadline for Full Text Papers: 15 July 2018

Dates of Conference: 9-10 August 2018

Refer to the conference website for more information and to register for the conference 


  • Early registration $200 AUD (closes30 March 2018.)
  • Full registration rate $250AUD (closes 15th July, 2018)
  • Students (JD, PhD, SJD or other program) is $80AUD (closes 15th July, 2018).

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