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Toward a Common Law of Ecosystem Services

St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2005

19 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2008  

J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School


This article suggests ways in which the common law can integrate concepts of ecosystem services to fulfill pragmatic objectives of common law doctrine. Rather than requiring a radical departure from traditional common law doctrine as is often proposed in environmental literature on the common law, ecosystem services can fold seamlessly into existing common law principles as a source of new knowledge and changed circumstances.

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Ruhl, J. B., Toward a Common Law of Ecosystem Services. Available at SSRN:

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