Back to the Future of Property Law - Reimagining Sustainable Property Law
Sustainability is one of the largest challenges we are confronted with in our time. Approximately 30% of our planet’s surface comprises land and of that 30% the vast majority (estimated at +80%) is held in private ownership. The way in which we use land and therefore regulate the use of land – both in private law and in public law – has caused significant problems in the 21st Century.
Land use means looking at the way in which we hold our land. Almost every piece of land in the world is owned by someone. In the past the ownership paradigm has been of freedom and autonomy. Ownership has provided us with wealth, income, and prosperity. However, it has also led to massive extractive use, inequality and directly caused greenhouse gas emissions. Rethinking this means more regenerative use, equality and more eco-sustainably land use, contributing to the planetary flourishing.
At this conference the speakers and participants together take on the challenge of reimagining property law through the lens of sustainability. What if a legislature or court had incorporated sustainability thinking in their process? What would property law and therefore the world look like today?
We can use these very valuable insights into our work revising and reforming the law of property in the future.
This conference is part the new research agenda on sustainable property law and will be combined with the inaugural lecture of the new professor of property law. The research of sustainability is a core research area at Maastricht University. The conference is sponsored by the UM-Fund SWOL, the Faculty of Law and the Maastricht European Private Law Institute (M-EPLI).
The conference is bilingual with (grouped) contributions in Dutch and in English.
Provision programme (subject to change)
Thursday 21 April 2022
|Part 1 - In Dutch / Nederlands|
|09.30||Registratie en Koffie|
|10.00||Welkom en opening - Prof. Dr. Bram Akkermans LLM|
|Part 2 - In English|
|13.15||Welcome and opening - Prof. Dr. Bram Akkermans LLM|
|17.05||Closing of day 1 - informal get together and dinner (at own costs)|
Friday 22 April 2022
|Part 3 - In English|
|Part 4 - In English|
The Inaugural Lecture - "Sustainable Property Law - Reckoning - Resilience - Reform" by Prof. Dr. Bram Akkermans LLM in the Aula at Minderbroedersberg
If you want to follow the Lecture online via livestream, you can use the link below.
Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
Contact: Chantal Meertens, Law Events Office
Organizer: Prof Dr Bram Akkermans, Professor of Property Law and Director of Studies of Dutch language bachelor programmes.