The Tragedy of the Commons at 50: Context, Precedents, and Afterlife

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
June 28, 2017 to June 29, 2017
Location: 
Israel
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Intellectual History, Law and Legal History

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
 

9:45 –10:00 Gathering, Coffee and Greetings
David Schorr & Carol Rose

SESSION 1: EARLY MODERN COMMONS THOUGHT
10:00 – 11:30
The Early Modern Prelude to the Tragedy of the Commons
Nathaniel Wolloch (Tel Aviv University, Minerva Humanities Center)
The Banality of the Commons: Efficiency Arguments Against Common Ownership Before Hardin
Stuart Banner (UCLA School of Law)

11:45 – 12:30
Civilization and the Commons: Stadial Theory, the Pastoral Mode, and Commons Theory
David Schorr (Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law)

SESSION 2: THE COMMONS IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY LEGAL THOUGHT
14:00 – 15:30
Valorizing the Commons in the Age of Property: The Riparian Debate and Historical Rights to Water in Nineteenth Century France
Alice Ingold (EHESS – Centre de Recherches Historiques)
A Century before Hardin: Henry Sumner Maine & the Commons in the History of North India
Minoti Chakravarty-Kaul (Lady Shri Ram College)

SESSION 3: INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND THE COMMONS
16:00 – 17:30
Cold-War Commons: Tragedy, Critique, and the Future of the Illiberal Problem Space
Monica Eppinger (Saint Louis University School of Law)
Hardin’s and Ostrom’s Interests in (Under)Development/”Third World” Issues
Fabien Locher (EHESS – Centre de Recherches Historiques) (not attending)

Thursday, June 29, 2017
 

SESSION 4: THE TRAGEDY IN CONTEXT
09:00 – 10:30
The Tragedy and the Law of the Sea 
Harry Scheiber (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law) (by Skype)
The Absence of Indigenous Peoples and Political Economists from the “Tragedy of the Commons”
Michel Morin (Université de Montréal, Faculté de Droit)

SESSION 5: THE TRAGEDY AND THE MIND
11:00 – 12:30
The Commons and Cognition
Carol Rose (Yale Law School and the University of Arizona Law College)
Give Us Back Our Tragedy: Nonrivalry in Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Oren Bracha (University of Texas School of Law)

SESSION 6: LOOKING BACK AT THE COMMONS
14:00 – 15:30
Confronting Hardin: Trends and Approaches to the Commons in Historiography
Giacomo Bonan (Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà)
Re-romanticizing the Commons in Israeli Discourse: Social, Economic, and Political Motives
Amnon Lehavi (Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Radzyner Law School)

15:30 Closing Remarks

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