Property Rights and Human Rights: New Possibilities in an Age of Inequality

Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia: August 9-10 2018. The conference organisers are Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick and Dr Patrick Emerton.


The debate on property rights and human rights has renewed relevance as a result of global inequality, mass movements of people, and modern forms of slavery. While the underlying issue remains tensions between the distributional consequences of property and property as a source of freedom from interference, the context has shifted from protection against arbitrary state takings to the emancipatory possibilities (and limitations) of property for people often excluded by the state, including refugees and the internally displaced, ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples, victims of human trafficking, farmers and forest-dwellers, and households subject to disability or extreme poverty. This conference explores the new possibilities of property rights and human rights in an age of inequality with reference to the following topics:

  • Property and distributive justice.
  • Property, sovereignty and poverty.
  • Property and human trafficking.
  • Property, disability and discrimination.
  • Property and indigeneity.
  • Land grabs and international human rights law.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Gregory Alexander, A. Robert Noll Professor of Law, Cornell University;
  • Robin Paul Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, Syracuse University; and
  • Hanoch Dagan, Stewart and Judy Colton Professor of Legal Theory and Innovation, Tel-Aviv University.

View the conference program here

Important Dates and Details

Deadline for Abstracts: 10 April 2018

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Announcement of Accepted Abstracts:  20 April 2018

Deadline for Full Text Papers: 15 July 2018

Dates of Conference: 9-10 August 2018


  • Early registration:  $200. AUD (closes 15 March 2018.)
  • Full registration rate:$250.AUD (closes 8 August 2018)
  • Students:  $80. AUD (closes 8 August 2018). (JD, PhD, SJD or other program)

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