Michael Thompson : Courses and Seminars
Private Ownership of Cultural Property
This seminar examines the emerging law of cultural property and how it has recently been used to limit the exercise of many of the classic attributes of private ownership: title, use, exclusion, and alienability. The class will begin with the historical and philosophical bases for making property private (Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, Blackstone, Demsetz, Rawls, and Nozick), will examine examples of how both cultural property is protected in the United States and abroad, and will analyze how the traditional bundle of private property rights can or should be limited by notions of the community interest and a shared cultural heritage.
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