The Inevitable Trend Toward Universally Recognized Signals of Property Claims: An Essay for Carol Rose
Robert C. Ellickson
Yale Law School
October 28, 2010
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 19, March 2011
Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 415
Carol Rose has identified the study of the communication of property claims as her central scholarly project. In this tribute to her distinguished career, I discuss whether a method of communicating a property claim - for example, the building of a fence around cultivated land - tends to be universal or to vary from one interpretative community to another. On account of increasing urbanization and long-distance travel, a property claimant in a given cultural setting must anticipate that some passersby will be total strangers. I contend that this reality prompts claimants to favor furnishing nonverbal visual cues, such as fences, that people of all backgrounds should be able to recognize.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: property, property claims, interpretative communities, sign language
JEL Classification: K11, Q15
Date posted: October 30, 2010 ; Last revised: November 5, 2010
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