People and Penguins: The Case for an Environmentally Conscious Property Law

By Shai Stern. 

The development of environmental law starting in the mid-20th century involved constant tension with private property. Attempts to protect the dwindling natural resources, extinct species of animals, and ecosystems at risk have often encountered obstacles when they demanded interference with private property. Although the theoretical roots of private property do not justify its transformation into an environmental obstacle and, to a large extent, attach importance to environmental values in justifying private property rights, it was private property that stood at the forefront of legal conflicts that revolved around attempts to expand the environmental protection of natural resources. Full Article.