Property Rights:

Harsh Environment

Harsh Environment

Originally published in the August edition of the Northwest Connection – Lake Oswego’s “Sensitive Lands” Program Under Fire — It spreads out over the map of the city, designating some lands sensitive, and some lands not. The problem for a growing number of Lake Oswegans is that there seems to be little rhyme or reason […]

A Win for Private Property

A Win for Private Property

Originally published in The Daily Caller, July 2, 2013 – Property rights deserve as much protection as other rights – Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, one of the biggest property rights cases in years. The case was brought by Coy Koontz, a […]

Bison and the Public Trust

Bison and the Public Trust

Originally published in The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 3, 2013 – Property rights trump ‘public trust doctrine’ in Turner bison dispute — In its report on Judge Holly Brown’s dismissal of a challenge to the Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks agreement with Ted Turner on the management of Yellowstone Park bison (May 12, 2013), […]

Property Rights and the Tragedy of the Commons

Property Rights and the Tragedy of the Commons

By Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University School of Law This essay originally appeared as a blog post on TheAtlantic.com on May 22, 2012 and Free Insights. Thanks to Megan (McArdle) for inviting me to spend some time over […]

Legal Help for Farmers: An Oregon Model

Legal Help for Farmers: An Oregon Model

Originally published in The Baltimore Sun — April 13, 2012 – Why shouldn’t law clinics help farmers?  State-funded university programs are weighted in favor of environmental activism – Maryland state Sen. Richard Colburn is fed up with the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic’s lawsuit against a local chicken farm. But rather than try to […]

Access Denied

Access Denied

Has the battle for social justice come to Lake Oswego? In terms of citizen involvement, it was a standing-room-only success. I haven’t seen them packed in like that since Dana Carvey at Roseland. But the Lake Oswego Planning Commission public hearing on lake access was no laughing matter. Judging from the testimony of the community […]

Righting the Wrong of Rent Control

Righting the Wrong of Rent Control

For decades New York City has imposed rent controls on residential properties with the result that some fortunate New Yorkers pay far less than the market rate for their apartments.  Richard Epstein reports in the Wall Street Journal that the Supreme Court may finally review the constitutionality of this practice.  As Epstein observe, if the […]

Land use regulation: Don’t call defenders of property rights zealots

Land use regulation: Don’t call defenders of property rights zealots

The Oregonian (Nov. 5) reports that 1000 Friends of Oregon Executive Director Jason Miner “acknowledges … 1000 Friends is not seen as a ‘helper’” in “economically depressed rural Oregon.” This is good news. The reality is that rural Oregon is economically depressed, and Miner’s predecessors at 1000 Friends have helped to make it so. Nearly […]