Henry E. Smith

Harvard Law School

Professor

1575 Massachusetts

Hauser 406

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (50)

1.

Why Fiduciary Law Is Equitable

Andrew S. Gold & Paul B. Miller (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Fiduciary Law, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 13-36
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 07 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 01 Nov 2013
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Fiduciary, Equity, Opportunism, Trust, Unjust Enrichment

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Intellectual Property as Property: Delineating Entitlements in Information

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 116, No. 8, 2007, Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 355
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 18 Jul 2007 Last Revised: 01 Sep 2014
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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intellectual property, property, information costs, exclusion, governance, patent, copyright

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Equity as Second-Order Law: The Problem of Opportunism

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 15-13
Number of pages: 75 Posted: 13 Jun 2015 Last Revised: 14 Oct 2015
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Equity, fusion, systems theory, opportunism, uncertainty, formalism, contextualism, private law, remedies

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Property as the Law of Things

Harvard Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 01 Mar 2012
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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property, things, modularity, in rem, pedis possessio, unit rule, private law

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The Economics of Property Law

The Oxford Handbook of Law and Economics, Oxford University Press (2017), HARVARD JOHN M. OLIN CENTER FOR LAW, ECONOMICS, AND BUSINESS, Discussion Paper No. 915, 06-2017
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 27 Jun 2017
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
Downloads 922 (48,410)
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Property, Possession, Complexity, Modularity, Legal Things, Exclusion, Equity

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An Economic Analysis of Civil versus Common Law Property

88 Notre Dame Law Review 1-55 (2012), Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 12-19
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 07 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 01 Mar 2013
Yun-chien Chang and Henry E. Smith
Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School
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property, common law, civil law, bundle of rights, style of delineation, path dependence

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Fusing the Equitable Function in Private Law

Forthcoming, Private Law in the 21st Century, Kit Barker, Karen Fairweather, and Ross Grantham eds., Oxford: Hart, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 16-27
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 25 May 2016 Last Revised: 07 Jun 2016
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Equity, fusion, systems theory, opportunism, uncertainty, formalism, contextualism, private law, remedies

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Making Coasean Property More Coasean

Journal of Law and Economics, Forthcoming, Harvard Law and Economics Discussion Paper No. 688, Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 11-262
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 10 Feb 2011
Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith
Columbia University - Law School and Harvard Law School
Downloads 637 (78,938)
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Coase Theorem, Property, Bundle of Rights, Coase Corollary, Transaction Costs, Radio Spectrum, Lighthouse

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Property and Property Rules

Number of pages: 81 Posted: 27 Dec 2004
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Property, Property Rules, Liability Rules, Exclusion, Information Cost, Valuation, Bounded Rationality, Residual Claim

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Equity as Meta-Law

Yale Law Journal, Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 20-33
Number of pages: 80 Posted: 01 Dec 2020 Last Revised: 10 Dec 2020
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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equity, polycentricity, opportunism, meta-law, complex system, formalism, contextualism, rules, standards, privity

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Wrongful Fusion: Equity and Tort

Forthcoming, Equity and Law: Fusion and Fission, John C.P. Goldberg, Peter Turner & Henry E. Smith, eds., Cambridge University Press, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 17-30
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 05 May 2017 Last Revised: 17 Nov 2017
John C. P. Goldberg and Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School and Harvard Law School
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Equity, Tort, Fusion, Abuse of rights, Opportunism

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Exclusion and Property Rules in the Law of Nuisance

Number of pages: 69 Posted: 16 Jun 2004
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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nuisance, information costs, trespass, property, liability rules, oil and gas

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Sizing up Private Law

Number of pages: 51 Posted: 12 Aug 2016
Andrew S. Gold and Henry E. Smith
Brooklyn Law School and Harvard Law School
Downloads 499 (107,108)
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Private Law, Functionalism, Interpretivism, Complexity, Modularity, Law and Economics, Legal Theory

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The Supreme Court's Accidental Revolution? The Test for Permanent Injunctions

Columbia Law Review, Vol. 112, No. 2, 2012, U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 220
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 25 Apr 2012
Mark P. Gergen, John M. Golden and Henry E. Smith
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law, University of Texas at Austin - School of Law and Harvard Law School
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The Elements of Possession

The Law and Economics of Possession, edited by Yun-chien Chang, Cambridge University Press, 2014, Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 14-16
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 24 Apr 2014 Last Revised: 20 May 2014
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
Downloads 459 (118,205)
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Property, Possession, Ownership, Salience, Focal Points, custom, Hume, Information cost, default rules, modularity

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On the Economy of Concepts in Property

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 160, 2012, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 12-15
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 23 Jan 2012
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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property, conceptualism, cognitive science, modularity, information costs

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Modularity in Contracts: Boilerplate and Information Flow

Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 328
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 17 Jan 2006
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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contract, boilerplate, modularity, information, bounded rationality, standardization, formalism

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Behavioral Equity

Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 13-43
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 21 May 2013 Last Revised: 04 Dec 2015
Yuval Feldman and Henry E. Smith
Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and Harvard Law School
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Legal Ambiguity, Law vs. Equity, Opportunism, Behavioral Ethics, Standards vs. Rules

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Introduction: The Oxford Handbook of the New Private Law

Oxford University Press, 2020
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 02 Dec 2020
Brooklyn Law School, Harvard Law School, Notre Dame Law School, Cornell University - Law School and Harvard Law School
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New Private Law

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The Numerus Clausus Principle, Property Customs, and the Emergence of New Property Forms

Iowa Law Review, Vol. 100, 2015, Harvard Public Law Working Paper #15-18
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 03 Oct 2015 Last Revised: 16 Mar 2016
Yun-chien Chang and Henry E. Smith
Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School
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The numerus clausus principle, the numerus apertus principle, optimal standardization, civil law, externalize, property form, right of de facto disposal, illegal buildings

21.

How Not to Invent a Patent Crisis

REACTING TO THE SPENDING SPREE: POLICY CHANGES WE CAN AFFORD, Terry L. Anderson and Richard Sousa, eds., Hoover Institution Press, 2009, Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 384, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 10-02, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 482
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 31 Oct 2009 Last Revised: 12 Mar 2013
F. Scott Kieff and Henry E. Smith
George Washington University - Law School and Harvard Law School
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patent, innovation

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Toward an Economic Theory of Property in Information

RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS OF PROPERTY LAW, Kenneth Ayotte, Henry E. Smith, eds., Edward Elgar, 2011
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 21 Nov 2010
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Intellectual Property, New Institutional Economics, Property, Information Costs, Modularity

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Equitable Defences As Meta-Law

Defences in Equity, Paul S. Davies, Simon Douglas & James Goudkamp, eds., Hart 2018 , Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 18-15
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 13 Mar 2018 Last Revised: 30 May 2024
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Equity, Defenses, Remedies, Second-Order Law

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Restating the Architecture of Property

Modern Studies in Property Law, Volume 10 (May, 2019), edited by Ben McFarlane & Sinéad Agnew.
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 26 Feb 2019
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Property, Restatement, Complexity, System, Complex Systems, Possession, Trespass, Nuisance

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Governing Water: The Semicommons of Fluid Property Rights

Arizona Law Review, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2008, Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 369
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 12 Jun 2008
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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water law, riparianism, prior appropriation, modularity, semicommons, exclusion, governance, fugitive resources

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A Safety Valve Model of Equity as Anti-Opportunism

Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 13-15
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 07 Apr 2013 Last Revised: 28 Apr 2013
Kenneth Ayotte, Ezra Friedman and Henry E. Smith
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law, Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law and Harvard Law School
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law and equity, contracts, opportunism

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The Architecture of Property

Research Handbook on Private Law Theories, 134-54, edited by Hanoch Dagan and Benjamin Zipursky, Edward Elgar, 2020
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 11 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 16 Mar 2021
Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith
Columbia University - Law School and Harvard Law School
Downloads 342 (165,028)
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property, complexity, architecture, modularity, exclusion, governance, standardization, property rules

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Community and Custom in Property

Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, January 2009, Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 368
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 12 Jun 2008 Last Revised: 13 Feb 2009
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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custom, community, property, information, mining camps, pedis possessio, numerus clausus, takings

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Structure and Style in Comparative Property Law

in Comparative Law and Economics, edited by Giovanni Battista Ramello & Theodore Eisenberg (2014), published by Edward Elgar., Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 14-03
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 01 Jan 2014 Last Revised: 28 Jun 2018
Yun-chien Chang and Henry E. Smith
Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School
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mortgage, in rem, running with assets, right to exclude, accessory relationship, civil law, common law, path dependence

30.

The Thing about Exclusion

Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal, Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 14-26
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 14 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2014
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Property, Right to Exclude, Bundle of Rights, Thing, Possession, Ownership, Salience, In Rem, Modularity

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Property as Platform: Coordinating Standards for Technological Innovation

Journal of Competition Law & Economics, Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 13-35
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 07 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 25 May 2014
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Standards, Patent, Standard Setting Organizations, Property, Equity, Opportunism, Modularity

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Convergence and Divergence in Systems of Property Law: Theoretical and Empirical Analyses

Southern California Law Review, Vol. 92, No. 4, 2019, NYU Law and Economics Research Paper No. 19-03, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 19-01
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 28 Jun 2018 Last Revised: 13 Mar 2019
Yun-chien Chang and Henry E. Smith
Cornell Law School and Harvard Law School
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numerus clausus principle, tenancy in common, possession, sales, condominium

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Scaling Up Legal Relations

The Legacy of Wesley Hohfeld: Edited Major Works, Select Personal Papers, and Original Commentaries (Shyam Balganesh, Ted Sichelman & Henry Smith, eds.) (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2018), Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 18-05
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 27 Dec 2017 Last Revised: 13 Apr 2018
Andrew S. Gold and Henry E. Smith
Brooklyn Law School and Harvard Law School
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Hohfeld, legal realism, property, torts, inclusive functionalism, rights, privileges, powers, immunities, emergent properties, legal delineation, modularity, information costs

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Institutions and Indirectness in Intellectual Property

University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 157, No. 6, pp. 2083-2133, 2009, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 10-12
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 12 Dec 2009 Last Revised: 06 Dec 2014
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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intellectual property, property, information costs, new institutional economics, exclusion, governance, patent, licenses, injunctions

35.

Restatements and the Common Law

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 735, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 23-19
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 03 Nov 2022 Last Revised: 28 Sep 2023
Andrew S. Gold and Henry E. Smith
Brooklyn Law School and Harvard Law School
Downloads 205 (275,392)
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Common Law; Codification; Restatement, Property, Tort, Contract, Legal Realism, Formalism, Cardozo, Systems Theory

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Property Beyond Flatland

Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Journal, 2021 Forthcoming, Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 21-36
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 02 Aug 2021 Last Revised: 13 Dec 2021
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Complexity and the Cathedral: Making Law and Economics More Calabresian

European Journal of Law and Economics
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 26 Feb 2019
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Property Rules, Liability Rules, Economic Analysis of Law, Law and Economics, Property, Complex Systems, Equity

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Modularity and Morality in the Law of Torts

Journal of Tort Law, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 09 Oct 2011
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School
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Tort, Property, Modularity, Complexity, Standardization, Numerus Clausus, Morality, Economic Loss

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An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Standards on Compliance and Performance

Forthcoming, Regulation & Governance
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 19 Dec 2014 Last Revised: 29 Sep 2016
Constantine Boussalis, Yuval Feldman and Henry E. Smith
Trinity College (Dublin) - Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and Harvard Law School
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Behavioral ethics, Compliance and performance, Standard vs. Rules, Legal design, Specificity

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Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Standards on Compliance and Performance

Regulation & Governance (March 2017), Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 17-43, Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 18-04
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 30 Jun 2017
Constantine Boussalis, Yuval Feldman and Henry E. Smith
Trinity College (Dublin) - Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University - Faculty of Law and Harvard Law School
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behavioral ethics, compliance and performance, experiment, legal design, rule vs. standard, specificity

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A Network Model of Legal Relations

382 Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society A 20230153 (2024)
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 18 Feb 2024 Last Revised: 27 Mar 2024
Ted M. Sichelman and Henry E. Smith
University of San Diego School of Law and Harvard Law School
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network theory, legal relations, rights, property, modularity, Wesley Hohfeld

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Supplement: A Network Model of Legal Relations

Number of pages: 13 Posted: 08 Mar 2024 Last Revised: 27 Mar 2024
Ted M. Sichelman and Henry E. Smith
University of San Diego School of Law and Harvard Law School
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network theory, legal relations, rights, property, modularity, Wesley Hohfeld

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Legal Concepts as a Deep Structure of the Law: Reinach’s A Priori in Action

Reinach and the Foundations of Private Law (Marietta Auer, Paul B. Miller, Henry E. Smith, and James Toomey eds.), forthcoming, Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 26
Andrew S. Gold and Henry E. Smith
Brooklyn Law School and Harvard Law School
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Reinach, private law theory, a priori, property, transfer, represenation, deep structure

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The Language of Property: Form, Context, and Audience

Posted: 23 Dec 2004
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School

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Property, Intellectual Property, Contract Interpretation, Linguistics, Information, Formalism, Audience, Possession, Pierson v. Post, Recording Acts63

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What Happened to Property in Law and Economics?

Posted: 17 Dec 2001
Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith
Columbia University - Law School and Harvard Law School

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The Property/Contract Interface

Posted: 14 Dec 2001
Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith
Columbia University - Law School and Harvard Law School

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Optimal Standardization in the Law of Property: The Numerus Clausus Principle

Posted: 08 Mar 2001
Thomas W. Merrill and Henry E. Smith
Columbia University - Law School and Harvard Law School

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property, estates, standardization, numerus clausus, network, fragmentation, measurement, contract

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Ambiguous Quality Changes from Taxes and Legal Rules

Posted: 08 Mar 2001
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School

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Quality, liability rule, property rule, informational subset argument, measurement, per unit tax, ad valorem tax, behavioral law and economics, pollution, warranty

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Intermediate Filing in Household Taxation

Posted: 06 Sep 2000
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School

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Semicommon Property Rights and Scattering in the Open Fields

Posted: 13 Jul 2000
Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School

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