Volume 5

What Does the Constitutional Protection of Property Mean?

Laura S. Underkuffler

It is a great pleasure to honor Professor Joe Singer’s work today. His work has illuminated the deep structures and questions that the idea of property presents, in a way matched by few others. Scholars in the United States and elsewhere are profoundly indebted to his work.

The core of Professor Singer’s work can be captured by these seemingly simple questions: “What is property? How can we explain its protection, and nonprotection, in society and law?” Although philosophers had long debated such questions, Professor Singer was one of the first American legal scholars to place this essential question in the cross-hairs of probing legal analysis.

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5 BRIGHAM-KANNER PROPERTY RIGHTS CONF. J. 109 (2016).