Sunday, October 17, 2010

Power e-book on Constitutional Limitations on Land Use Controls, Environmental Regulations, and Governmental Transactions

Garrett Power (Maryland) has posted Constitutional Limitations on Land Use Controls, Environmental Regulations and Governmental Exactions (2010 Edition).  This is a freely-available electronic casebook, searchable in PDF format.  The abstract:

This electronic book is published in a searchable PDF format as a part of the E-scholarship Repository of the University of Maryland School of Law. It is an “open content” casebook intended for classroom use in courses in Land Use Control, Environmental Law and Constitutional Law. It consists of cases carefully selected from the two hundred years of American constitutional history which address the clash between public sovereignty and private property. It considers both the personal right to liberty and the personal right in property. The text consists of non-copyrighted material and readers are free to use it or re-mix it in whole or part. No rights are reserved. 

The readings provide an historical context, and an up-to-date focus on many of the constitutional issues facing today’s Supreme Court: imperium versus dominium; the public trust, inverse condemnation, the navigation servitude, the “regulatory taking” issue; the “navigability” boundary on federal power; the “public use” limitation on eminent domain; the balance between property rights and First Amendment liberties; the “essential nexus” between government prohibition and purpose, and; the fine line between taxation and expropriation. 

The 149 cases have been grouped into 35 "sessions." Most sessions consist of four or five tightly-edited cases, and provide readings appropriate for one class hour of discussion. The compilation is 956 pages in length.

What a wonderful source Professor Power has provided.  Whether you assign and teach out of this book, or use it for consultation, it is a terrific resource provided to the academic community at much effort and for no cost.  We should be very appreciative.

Matt Festa

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