Call for Papers: Climate Change in Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History

Call for Papers:

Washington and Lee University School of Law’s Law and History Center, in partnership with Virginia Sea Grant, will host a symposium on Climate Change in the Former Colonies: Challenges of Property and History.

Recognizing the unique impact that the colonial legal experience continues to have on Eastern states, the symposium will focus on the application of legal historical research to contemporary problems and opportunities in the areas of policy-making, property rights, and hazard resilience in coastal communities. Panel presentations and potential topics include:

-How the colonial legal experience affects modern property rights and our responsiveness to climate change

-Historical and modern property doctrines—particularly nuisance, zoning, and eminent domain—and their relation to current climate change challenges and policies

-Changing notions of acceptable land use and natural resources

-Environmental hazard resilience policies and opportunities for their enhancement via legal strategies

A collection of papers from the conference will be published as a volume of the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal. Solid drafts of articles will be due October 1, 2012. Final articles will be due November 16 with proofreading and cite checking to follow and publication in December or January.

Those interested in submitting a paper should email proposals to Dr. Jill Fraley, Director of the Washington & Lee University Center for Law and History, at Each proposal should include a 200 word abstract, paper title, and author(s) name(s), affiliations. All proposals are due by June 30, 2012.

Contact Information:

Dr. Jill Fraley


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