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Modern Public Trust Principles: Recognizing Rights and Integrating Standards


Alexandra B. Klass


University of Minnesota Law School


Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 82, p. 699, 2006
Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-51

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The public trust doctrine has a long history from its beginnings as an obligation on states to hold lands submerged under navigable waters in trust for the public, to its resurgence in the 1970s as a protector of natural resources, to its influence on state statutory and constitutional law as the public embraced environmental protection principles. However, many have argued that the public trust doctrine has not lived up to its potential as a major player in environmental and natural resources law. This article proposes a new framework for the public trust doctrine as a state tool for environmental protection that relies heavily on state constitutional law and environmental statutes to give additional content and power to this ancient common law doctrine. By using this new theoretical framework based on recent judicial trends, the statutory, constitutional, and common law manifestations of public trust principles can all become mutually reinforcing rather than remain trapped in the either-or dichotomy engrained in prior scholarship.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: Public Trust Doctrine, Environment, Property, Environmental Rights, Environmental Protection, Constitutional Law, Common Law, Natural Resources

JEL Classification: K11, K13, K32, K41

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Date posted: October 5, 2006  

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Klass, Alexandra B., Modern Public Trust Principles: Recognizing Rights and Integrating Standards. Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 82, p. 699, 2006; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-51. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=934819

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