Property Rights and Climate Change

Daniel A. Farber

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

March 31, 2014

Climate change poses a challenge for maintaining the stable entitlements that are basic to property law. Yet property rights can also serve as aids to climate adaptation. This essay, which was initially delivered as the Wolf Family Lecture on the American Law at the University of Florida, explores both aspects of the property/climate-change relationship. The first part of the article discusses takings issues that may arise in connection with sea level rise. The second part of the article discusses the constructive role that transferrable development rights and the public trust doctrine could play in climate adaptation, including their role in limiting takings claims.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: climate change, property rights, land use, sea level rise, takings clause

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Date posted: April 1, 2014  

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Farber, Daniel A., Property Rights and Climate Change (March 31, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2418756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2418756

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