Triangulating Property Rights

November 28, 2012 · 6:15-8:00PM

Columbia University, Heyman Center for Humanities


  • Hanoch Dagan, Professor, School of Law, Tel Aviv University
  • Klaus Deininger, Lead Economist, The World Bank
  • Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Professor, School of Law, Azim Premjit University
  • Terra Lawson-Remer, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School
  • Paige West, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College


  • Olivier de Schutter, James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia University
  • Katharina Pistor, Member, Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Private property rights are widely considered an effective institutional arrangement to allocate scarce goods and combat what has been termed the “tragedy of the commons.” Their utility for governing essential resources, such as food, water and shelter under conditions of scarcity, however, is less certain. The panel sought to advance alternative governance solutions for essential resources drawing on theory, legal and empirical research.