‘Against the Backdrop of Dignity and Equality, The Non-Absoluteness of Property Rights’

AJ van der Walt, The Modest Systemic Status of Property Rights, 1 Journal of Law Property and Society 15 (2014). We must stop imagining that property is the saviour of the legal system, the knight on the white steed, or the guardian of every other right. That was the lesson Andre van der Walt, South African Research Chair in Property Law at Stellenbosch University, taught the assembled audience when he delivered the Keynote Address at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Association of Law, Property and Society. As Professor van der Walt writes in the landmark article based on that memorable address: ‘I prefer to see property as a gaggle of cleaners who move in after everyone has left, brandishing buckets and mops, cleaning up the property debris once the real work of maintaining the democratic legal system has been completed’ … (more)

[Lorna Fox O’Mahony, JOTWELL, 11 December]

First posted 2015-12-11 13:07:31

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