The last couple of days, we've returned to Williamsburg, Virginia to attend the annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at the William and Mary Law School.
The Conference is the annual gathering of legal scholars and practitioners who focus on property law and property rights to celebrate the award the B-K Prize to "an individual whose scholarly work and accomplishments affirm that property rights are fundamental to protecting individual and civil rights." The list of past winners is a who's who of property scholars and includues James Ely, Richard Epstein, Carol Rose, and Frank Michelman.
This year's prizewinner is Columbia Law's Thomas Merrill. The Conference panelists have thus far focused on his scholarship, including his landmark article on the right to exclude, titled, not surprisingly, Property and the Right To Exclude, 77 Neb. L. Rev. 730 (1998).
Our Owners' Counsel colleage Mark Savin speaking about "Defining the Essence of Property."
Professor Merrill, giving some perspective on his work, and the topic of the day.