Law, Property and Disasters: Adaptive Perspectives from The Global South

Daniel Fitzpatrick, Caroline Compton

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This book re-considers property law for a future of environmental disruption. As slogans such as "build the wall" or "stop the boats" affect public policy, there are counter-questions as to whether positivist or statist notions of property are fit for purpose in a time of human mobility and environmental disruption. State-centric property laws construct legal fictions of sovereign control over land, notwithstanding the persistent reality of informal settlements in many parts of the Global South. In a world affected by catastrophic disasters, this book develops a vision of adaptive governance for property in land based on a critical re-assessment of state-centric property law. This book will appeal to a broad readership with interests in legal theory, property law, adaptive governance, international development, refugee studies, postcolonial studies, and natural disasters.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages183
ISBN (Electronic)9781000391794, 9781003175919
ISBN (Print)9781032008141, 9780367903770
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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