1st Edition

Law, Property and Disasters
Adaptive Perspectives from the Global South

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ISBN 9781032008141
May 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a re-assessment of property law for a future of environmental disruption.

As slogans such as "build the wall" or "stop the boats" affect public policy, there are counter-questions as to whether positivist or statist notions of property are fit for purpose in a time of human mobility and environmental disruption. State-centric property laws construct legal fictions of sovereign control over land, notwithstanding the persistent reality of informal settlements in many parts of the Global South. In a world affected by catastrophic disasters, this book develops a vision of adaptive governance for property in land based on a critical re-assessment of state-centric property law.


This book will appeal to a broad readership with interests in legal theory, property law, adaptive governance, international development, refugee studies, postcolonial studies and natural disasters.

Table of Contents

1. Land Law and the State: New Contexts of Human Mobility

2. Property and Sovereignty: A Postcolonial Perspective

3. Polycentric Property Systems

4. Property Law and Disaster Vulnerability: The Case of Typhoon Haiyan

5. Land and the Lens of the State: Law, Rights and Disaster Risk Reduction

6. Land Titling after the Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster

7. Community Mapping: Adjusting Property after the Tsunami

8.Towards Adaptive Property Law


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Daniel Fitzpatrick is Professor of Law at Monash University.

Caroline Compton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate based in the Faculty of Law at UNSW.