Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program openings: Application deadline of July 22

For the planning students out there, a note from the  U.S. State Department Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations:

We have two projects open with two positions in each project. These internships would be online working on a variety of tasks including 3D animations, urban planning and analysis, GIS, geography, and graphic design. eInterns volunteer ten hours a week from September to May. Please feel free to share this opportunity with interested students.

Applicants must  be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad. Below I have included more information about our specific projects and I have attached the informational flyer for the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program.

Our two projects are listed under U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and labeled as follows:

STATE-USA-OBO1: New Embassy Planning

STATE-USA-OBO2: Mapping, Modeling, and Animating for Master Planning of Diplomatic (MPD) Missions

We will only be accepting applicants for this opportunity until July 22, 2015, however we do offer many different types of internships all year round.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cal. Air Res. Bd. Research Seminar: Evaluating the Benefits of Light Rail Transit

You know I love these webcasts...

Douglas Houston, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine and
Marlon Boarnet, Ph.D., University of Southern California

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:00 a.m., PDT (WEBCAST)
Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Cal/EPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California

Available research cannot definitively demonstrate causal
association between new transit service and travel behavior
change, but there is a pressing need to estimate the potential
magnitude of the causal effects of transit investments in ways
that are policy-relevant. This research project innovates by
applying an experimental - control group research design to study
a new light rail transit service in Los Angeles, California. Only
two previous studies use an experimental design to assess the
impacts of light rail transit, and this study is the first to use
an experimental design to measure impacts on vehicle miles
traveled--a key determinant of greenhouse gas emissions from the
transport sector. We administered a seven-day travel study to a
panel of households in the vicinity of Los Angeles' Expo light
rail line before the 2012 start of rail service and twice after
the line opened.  For more go to the announcement at:

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Monday, July 6, 2015

McArdle on New York, Comparative Urban Governance, and the Challenge of Climate Change

Andrea McArdle (CUNY Law) has posted Lessons for New York: Comparative Urban Governance and the Challenge of Climate Change on SSRN.  The article was recently published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal.  Here is the abstract:

Climate change and the weather disasters to which it contributes are major challenges for urban governance. Using New York City’s experience with Superstorm Sandy as a launching point, the Article addresses the fundamental question of urban governance that weather disasters present. Recognizing the direct and immediate connection local government bears to coastal land, infrastructure, and the people who live and work within its borders, the role of a municipality in preparing for and responding to weather disasters is clear. However, the enormity and complexity of weather-related disaster preparedness limit the capacity of any individual local government to cope with these phenomena.

To consider the governance challenge in the context of weather disasters, Part I contextualizes the question by providing an overview of New York City’s principal pre-Superstorm Sandy climate change mitigation measures under the administration of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It then examines, in Sandy’s aftermath, the City’s commitment to a set of initiatives to develop capacity to withstand future weather events. It first considers the City’s set of initiatives in relation to the “vertical” governance structure in the United States that serves as the source of authority, policy guidance, and fiscal support for confronting the challenges of climate change. 

The balance of the Article explores an alternative approach for addressing climate-change challenges that links urban governments horizontally, across national borders. Specifically, Part II introduces interurban networks that operate within a normative framework established by international protocols. This Part focuses attention principally on the foundational assumptions grounding three networks of cities: the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an organization of large cities in partnership with the World Bank, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) — Local Governments for Sustainability, and a number of philanthropic organizations; Rockefeller Foundation-initiated resilience networks; and Resilient Cities, an annual global forum initiated in 2010 by ICLEI, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, and the City of Bonn, Germany.

Part III draws on the literature of network governance models and considers how transnational urban networks can offer a framework for comparative governance by serving as a continuing reference point on climate change, and a basis for generating shared norms for developing resilience to climate-change effects. Specifically, this Part addresses ways in which interurban initiatives such as C40 Cities and Resilient Cities make cities more salient, by recognizing the crucial role that cities play both as contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and thus global warming, and as loci of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. It develops the argument that these collaborative networks exemplify an alternative approach to governance in which cities are linked together horizontally to commit to innovation, promote policy diffusion through the exchange of ideas, expertise, and resources, and adopt best practices for climate-change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Part IV addresses potential limitations, including the enduring pro-growth orientation of cities, which may militate against city-led climate-related resilience strategies, referred to as “managed coastal retreat,” that entail scaling back waterfront development. Another consideration is that cities’ climate, geography, and economy will vary, and in any given instance a city’s experience may not be replicable in other contexts. This Part also takes up the concern that highly influential non-state actors engaged in international development or philanthropy may eclipse the role of local governments and reinforce paternalism vis-à-vis less resourced localities. 

Noting the general benefits that cities can derive from a problem solving approach responsive to, but not limited by, individual cities’ experience and scale, the Article concludes that cities’ participation in transnational urban networks holds some promise from a comparative governance perspective. To the extent that these interurban networks can promote members’ voluntary participation in, and adherence to, developing norms and practices for addressing climate-related risks, they enhance transnational problem solving on an issue that is simultaneously local and global. Further, they raise the possibility that local-level innovation of climate-related measures falling within the scope of local authority can jumpstart the stalled process of developing wider consensus on climate change that has eluded efforts of governments at the national scale.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Call for Submissions: Journal of Affordable Housing & Comm. Dev. Law Racial Justice Issue

Next month, I will end my nearly four-year tenure as Editor-in-Chief as the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law.  I am so happy to be passing the torch to my very experienced Associate Editor, Laurie Hauber, who directs the Community Economic Development Program for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis.  Recent events there and in my former home, Baltimore, have prompted Laurie to put together a feature issue on racial justice and community development.  Here's the call for submissions:

ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law


Call for papers


The Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law invites submissions for its next issue (Volume 24:2). We are seeking articles on racial justice as it relates to affordable housing or community and economic development. We encourage a broad range of submissions on this topic, which could range from discussion of the implications of siting low income housing tax credit developments in areas of high (or low) concentrated poverty to articles that consider the relationship between local government boundaries and community development initiatives. Submissions on topics other than racial justice are encouraged and will be considered for publication in future issues.


Interested authors should send a one- to two-paragraph abstract describing their proposals to the Journal’s new Editor–in-Chief, Laurie Hauber, at the email address below.


The Journal welcomes articles (typically 7,000-10,000 words (30–50 pages) as well as essays (usually 4,500–7,500 words (20–40 pages) from practitioners, academics, and students. Submissions of final articles and essays for Volume 24:2 issue should be made by September 1, 2015.  


 Please do not hesitate to contact any of us with questions:


Laurie Hauber, Editor–in-Chief ,

Laura Schwarz, Co-Editor,

Brandon Weiss, Co-Editor,


 Jim K.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Land Use Articles Posted to SSRN in June

Here is the monthly round-up:  all of the land use law articles posted to the SSRN Property, Land Use & Real Estate Law eJournal in June.  It is another hefty month of scholarship.  This month also offers a number of international land use law articles that look tempting.  Note:  the articles are listed here in the reverse order of posting (e.g., articles posted at the beginning of the month are at the bottom), and thus the order is not indicative of download rankings.

Happy reading!  

What Does Wukan Offer? Land-Taking, Law, and Dispute Resolution
Fu Hualing and John Gillespie (eds.) Resolving Land Disputes in East Asia: Exploring the Limit of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014). 
Fu Hualing 
The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law 

Airbnb and the Housing Segment of the Modern 'Sharing Economy': Are Short-Term Rental Restrictions an Unconstitutional Taking?
Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Vol. 42, 2015
Jamila Jefferson-Jones 
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law 

 Kelo v. New London: A Decade Later
Title News, June 2015
Bethany Berger 
University of Connecticut School of Law 

 Mortgage as a Financial Product
Glorymar Orta 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 

 Water Rights, Water Quality, and Regulatory Jurisdiction in Indian Country
Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Forthcoming, University of Washington School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-21
Robert T. Anderson 
University of Washington School of Law 

Insuring Mangrove Forests for Their Role in Mitigating Coastal Erosion and Storm-Surge: An Australian Case Study
Wetlands, 33 2: 279-289, 2013
Justine Bell and Catherine Lovelock 
The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law and Independent 

Restorating Due Process as the Essential First Step in Every Takings Case
Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, 13 1: 1-60
Duane L. Ostler 

Land, Law Reform and the FAA-Samoa
Lawasia Journal, 13 27-52
Jennifer C. Corrin 
The University of Queensland, Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, TC Beirne School of Law 

Bills of Attainder and the Formation of American Takings Law at the Founding of the Republic
Campbell Law Review, 32 2: 227-284
Duane L. Ostler 

Poverty, Police and the Offence of Public Nuisance
Bond Law Review, 20 2: 198-215
Tamara Walsh 
University of Queensland 

Use of Property Rights Registers for Sustainability – A Queensland Case Study
Australian Property Law Journal, 17 1: 86-103
Justine Bell and Sharon Christensen 
The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law and Queensland University of Technology 

Indigenous Lands and Constitutional Reform in Australia: A Canadian Comparison
Australian Indigenous Law Review, 15 2: 87-106
Margaret A. Stephenson 
The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law 

Muddying the Waters Further: Kennon v Spry - 'Ownership', 'Control' and the Discretionary Trust
Australian Bar Review, 32 173-179
Lee Aitken 
The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law 

 Sustaining Neighborhoods of Choice: From Land Bank(ing) to Land Trust(ing)
Washburn Law Journal, Vol. 54, No. 3, 2015
James J. Kelly Jr. 
Notre Dame Law School 

 From Confrontation to Congruence: The Potential Role of Payments in Lieu of Taxes in the Economic Development Conversation
Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 19-39, 2015
Fred Mayhew and Tammy Renea Waymire 
James Madison University - Department of Political Science and Northern Illinois University - Department of Accountancy 

To Lease or Not to Lease? The Leasing of Indigenous Statutory Lands in Australia: Lessons from Canada
Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 35 3: 545-570
Margaret A. Stephenson 
The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law 

 'Just Piles of Rocks to Developers But Places of Worship to Native Americans' - Exploring the Significance of Earth Jurisprudence for South African Cultural Communities
Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2015
Matome M Ratiba 
University of South Africa - School of Law 

 Environmental Justice as Spatial and Scalar Justice: A Regional Waste Facility or a Local Rubbish Dump Out of Place?
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2014
Brad Jessup 
Melbourne Law School 

 Natural Gas Development: Extracting Externalities – Towards Precaution-Based Decision-Making
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2013
Sara K. Phillips and Mark S. Goldberg 
Centre for International Sustainable Development law and McGill University - Faculty of Medicine 

 The Coase Theorem, Land Use Entitlements, and Rational Government
Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation. Cambridge, Mass.: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2015, Forthcoming
William A. Fischel 
Dartmouth College - Department of Economics 

 Preserving Homeownership Through the Power of the Collective: Lessons for Barcelona
297 Revista de Derecho Urbanístico y Medio Ambiente 31 (2015),
Julie D. Lawton 
DePaul University - College of Law 

 Funding Conservation in Idaho: A Survey of Federal, State & Local Resources Assisting Conservation on Private Lands
Stephen R. Miller 
University of Idaho College of Law - Boise 

 Introduction to: Property, Land and Territory in the Making of Overseas Empires
Jose Vicente Serrao et al (eds), Property Rights, Land and Territory in the European Overseas Empires. Lisbon: CEHC-IUL, 2014 (online 2015), pp. 7-17. (Book DOI: 10.15847/cehc.prlteoe.945X000)
Jose Vicente Serrao 
University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) 

 Pro Farmer, Pro Industry Land Acqusition Act
Vijaya Krushna Varma 

 Wanted: A Legal Regime to Clean Up Orphaned/Abandoned Mines in Canada
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2010
Joseph F. Catrilli 
Canadian Environmental Law Association 

 Social Safeguards in REDD: A Review of Possible Mechanisms to Protect the Rights and Interests of Indigenous and Forest-Dependent Communities in a Future System for REDD
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2010
Christoph Schwarte 
Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) 

Historic Wreck Salvage: An International Perspective
Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 2, p. 347, 2009
Craig J. S. Forrest 
The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law 

 Land Use Law Update: Will Reed v. Town of Gilbert Require Municipalities Throughout the Country to Rewrite Their Sign Codes?
29 Municipal Law Journal 16 (Winter 2015), Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper 
Sarah Adams-Schoen 
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center 

 Recent Developments in Social Impact Management in Extractive Resource Development in Peru
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2009
Lila Barrera-Hernandez 
University of California Hastings College of the Law 

 Re-Zoning Alberta: Smart Regulation for Smart Growth
McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2009
Matti Lemmens 
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 

 The Politics of Takings Clauses
Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 109, No. 3, 2015, Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 34
Mila Versteeg 
University of Virginia School of Law 

 Separate and Unequal: The American Dream Unfulfilled
16 Rutgers Race & L. Rev. 183 (2015)
Peter C. LaGreca 

 Supplementing Forest Sustainability Certificates with Fiscal Instruments
Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics (RILE) Working Paper Series No. 2015/7
Dirk Heine Michael G. Faure and Chih-Ching Lan 
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics , University of Maastricht - Faculty of Law, Metro and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics 

 A Framework for Understanding Property Regulation and Land Use Control from a Dynamic Perspective
4 Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law 303 (2015)
Donald J. Kochan 
Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law 

 Reforming REIT Taxation (Or Not)
Houston Law Review, Vol. 53, 2015, Forthcoming, Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 416
Bradley T. Borden 
Brooklyn Law School 

 The Sporting Life: Democratic Culture and the Historical Origins of the Scottish Right to Roam
University of Illinois Law Review, Forthcoming, Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-15
Gregory S. Alexander 
Cornell Law School 

 Defending the Constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act: The Case of the Utah Prairie Dog
"On the Merits"--Washington Legal Foundation, June 6, 2015
Michael C. Blumm 
Lewis & Clark Law School 

 Effects of Protected Areas on Forest Cover Change and Local Communities: Evidence from the Peruvian Amazon
Juan Jose Miranda Leonardo Corral Allen Blackman Gregory Asner and Eirivelthon Lima 
World Bank , Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) , Resources for the Future , Carnegie Institution for Science - Department of Global Ecology and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 

 We Don't Serve Your Kind Here: Public Accommodations and the Mark of Sodom
Boston University Law Review, Vol. 95, p. 929, 2015
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 

 The Indian States of America: Parallel Universes & Overlapping Sovereignty
38 Am. Indian L. Rev. 1 (2014)
Joseph William Singer 
Harvard Law School 

 Practical Precautions, Reasonable Responses: How South Australia's Planning Regime Adapts to the Coastal Impacts of Climate Change
Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol. 32, pp. 256-277, 2015
John Watson 
University of South Australia - School of Law 

 To Bargain or Not to Bargain? A Response to Bargaining for Development Post-Koontz
Florida Law Review Forum, Vol. 67, No. 5, 2015, Pepperdine University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015/8
Shelley Ross Saxer 
Pepperdine University School of Law 

Environment as a Human Right: Legal Implications
The IUP Law Review, Vol. IV, No. 3, July 2014, pp. 73-79
V.G. Ranganath 
The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) 

The Supreme Court of India and Inter-State Water Dispute: An Analysis of the Judgements on Mullaperiyar Dam
Water Policy, 2015
M. P. Ram Mohan and Krittika Chavaly 

 The Public Trust Doctrine in the Shadow of State Environmental Rights Laws: A Case Study
45 Environmental Law 431 (2015), Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-15
Alexandra B. Klass 
University of Minnesota Law School 

 Greening the Tube: Paddling Toward Comprehensive Surf Break Protection
37 Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal 45 (2013)
Jesse Reiblich 
University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law 

 The Potential Meanings of a Constitutional Public Trust
Environmental Law, Vol. 45, No. 463, 2015, Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-12
John C. Dernbach 
Widener University - School of Law 

 Развитие Государственно-Частного Партнерства Как Ключевое Условие Решения Вопросов Строительства Доступного Жилья, Создание Социальной и Инженерной Структуры (The Development of Public-Private Partnerships as a Key Condition for the Solution of Issues of Affordable Housing, the Creation of Social and Engineering Infrastructure)
Elena Vladimirovna Ivankina and N N Rogozhina 
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) - Institute of Sectoral Management 

 Planning for Climate Change and Sea Level Rise: Queensland's New Coastal Plan
Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 29 1: 61-74, 2012, University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 15-50
Justine Bell 
The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law 

 Propuestas Legislativas Sobre La Responsabilidad Del Hostelero (Legislative Proposals About the Hostel's Owner Liability)
InDret, Vol. 2, 2015
Paula Castaños Casto 
University of Malaga - Facultad de Derecho 

 President Eisenhower's 1956 Prediction Becomes a Reality: The New Art of the REIT Spin
Katherine Riano 

 Energy in the Ecopolis
Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 45, 2015
Sara C. Bronin 
University of Connecticut - School of Law 

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