Private Property Rights and the Environment

Our Responsibilities to Global Natural Resources

  • Shelly Hiller Marguerat

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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    Pages 1-25
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    Pages 121-151
  4. Shelly Hiller Marguerat
    Pages 429-444
  5. Shelly Hiller Marguerat
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 459-477

About this book


This book explores the current notion and definition of property, and its interpretation and implementation in relation to the environment. The author examines two primary problems: the degradation of land, natural resources and animal abuse; and the increasing erosion of private property rights from property owners by the arbitrary interference of state governments. Examining texts from antiquity to contemporary legislation, it portrays the historical development of the understanding of “nature” as “property” and discusses our obligations towards the environment. Drawing on the most influential political-philosophical texts from all periods of property rights history, the author analyzes modern national and international legislation and case law to offer legally-grounded evidence and explanations. This book advocates the incorporation of a formula that guarantees the protection of property rights into the legal system, and imposes clear and effective responsibility on property owners to limit the use of natural resources and the abuse of animals. This book will appeal to practitioners, researchers and students with an interest in environmental and private property law.


environmental law environmental governance natural resource management clear property limits environmental policy natural resource obligations

Authors and affiliations

  • Shelly Hiller Marguerat
    • 1
  1. 1.Forel (Lavaux)Switzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97899-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97900-7
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