Book Workshop, James Penner’s Property Rights: A Re-examination (OUP)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

On October 22, 2020, University of Toronto is hosting a workshop of international scholars to discuss property theorist and legal philosopher James Penner’s new book, Property Rights: A Re-examination (Oxford University Press).

David Bullock

David Bullock
SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Tort law as a response to collective action problems
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

David is a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  His research interests include the intersection of public and private law (in particularly property and tort) as it relates to the environment, international law, and constitutional law.

David is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Yale Law School. He began his career as  judicial clerk to the former Chief Justice of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias GNZM, before commencing professional practice at a specialist litigation firm in Auckland, New Zealand.  As a lawyer, David has acted for a range of environmental NGOs and has appeared at all levels of New Zealand courts, including in leading cases on climate change, the exportation of indigenous timber, seabed mining, off-shore oil exploration, election advertising, and police interrogation.  David has also regularly acted in sports disputes, regulatory proceedings, and complex commercial litigation.

LLM, Yale Law School (2017)
LLB(Hons), Victoria University of Wellington (2011)
BCA (Economics), Victoria University of Wellington (2011)
Awards and Distinctions
Connaught International Scholarship (2020)
Fulbright General Graduate Scholarship (2016)
William Georgetti Scholarship (2016)
Victoria University Medal of Academic Excellence (2011)
Chapman Tripp Prize (2011)
Dean’s List for Academic Excellence (2011)
Chris Highfield Memorial Prize (2011)
Quentin-Baxter Prize in International Law (2011)
IPANZ Prize in Public Administration (2011)
Robert Orr McGechan Prize (2010)
Archibald Francis McCallum Scholarship (2010)
Val Gormley Memorial Prize (2010)
Lord Cooke of Thorndon Prize (2009)
A H Johnstone Scholarship in Law (2009)
New Zealand Recent Law Review Prize (2009)
Alumni Association Prize (2008)
Mario Patrono Prize (2007)
Faculty of Law Prize (2007)
Professional Affiliations
Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Selected Publications

“Three Strikes and the Interpretative Obligation: Parliamentary Intention and the Ascription of Meaning under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act” (2020) 29 New Zealand Universities Law Review (forthcoming)

“Combating Climate Recalcitrance: Carbon-related Border Tax Adjustments in a New Era of Global Climate Governance” (2018) 27 Washington International Law Journal 609

“Political Costs and the Challenge of Tradable Environmental Markets” (2017) 29 Georgetown Environmental Law Review 609

"A Defence of Statutory Property” (2017) 48 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 529

“The Wane of s 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990” [2017] New Zealand Law Journal 164

“Costs of Costs Applications” [2014] New Zealand Law Journal 348 (with Julian Long)

“Emissions Trading in New Zealand: Development, Challenges and Design” (2012) 21 Environmental Politics 657

“Multi-party Governance: Managing the Unity-Distinctiveness Dilemma in Executive Coalitions” (2012) 18 Party Politics 349 (with Jonathan Boston)

"Electoral Expression with Institutional Bounds: Reframing the Judicial Treatment of Elections in New Zealand" (2011) 42 Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 459

“Home Detention as a Stand-alone Sentence” (2011) 2 New Zealand Law Students’ Journal 603

"Experiments in Executive Government under MMP in New Zealand: Contrasting Approaches to Multi-party Governance” (2009) 7 New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law 39 (with Jonathan Boston)

Research Interests
Environmental Law
International Law
Political Philosophy and Theory
Property Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory
Committee Members

Prof. Mayo Moran writes "The Macron Report and how we right history’s wrongs"

Friday, December 21, 2018

In a commentary in the Globe and Mail, Prof. Mayo Moran looks at the role of museums in debates about the restitution of cultural objects seized during colonialism, and points to Canadian examples where such objects have been returned to First Nations ("The Macron Report and how we right history’s wrongs," December 21, 2018).

Read the full commentary on the Globe and Mail website, or below.

The Macron Report and how we right history’s wrongs

By Mayo Moran

December 21, 2018

Konstanze von Schütz

SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
Sharing Control in the Law of Property: Lesser and Limited Property Rights and the Numerus Clausus-Principle
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. My research focuses on private law, particularly on the law of property, which I examine through theoretical and comparative lenses.

In my doctoral research project, I study how the law of property both permits and restricts the sharing of control and use between owners and non-owners. I work out how the essential features of a historically grown conception of ownership are central to comprehending the emergence of different types of non-ownership property rights and their interactions.

I hold a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Germany) with a specialization in International Commercial Law, Conflict of Laws, and Cross-Border Civil Procedure and have passed the first and second German “state examinations in law” with distinction. As part of my training, I have served as a law clerk at the Higher Regional Court of Appeal of Hamburg. I also hold a Master of Laws (LL.M.)-degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to commencing my graduate research, I practiced as a lawyer in the areas of Intellectual Property and Litigation.  

In the winter term 2020/21, I will be a visiting researcher and Coing Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt a.M. (Germany).

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) cand., University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2017 - present
LL.M. University of Toronto, 2016
Second State Examination in Law (Bar Exam), Hamburg (Germany), 2014
First State Examination in Law, Hamburg (Germany), 2011
LL.B. Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (Germany), 2010
Awards and Distinctions
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2020-2022
- Helmut-Coing Scholarship for research at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt a.M.), 2018
- Dean's Graduate Student Leadership Award (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law), 2018
- German Academic Exchange Fund (DAAD) Doctoral Excellence Scholarship, 2017-2018
- Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2011
- German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) Scholarship for Talented Students, 2007-2009
Selected Publications

"Keeping It Private: The Impossibility to Abandon Ownership and the horror vacui of the Common Law of Property" (forthcoming, (2021) 66 McGill Law Journal)

"From Local to Global on Multiple Pathways: A Review of Amnon Lehavi, Property Law in a Globalizing World" (forthcoming, (2020) 68:3 American Journal of Comparative Law)

"Immanent Ratio Legis and Statutory Interpretation" in Klappstein, Verena & Maciej Dybowski, eds, Ratio Legis - Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives (Springer, 2018) 161–186


Works in Progress

« Des Lieux par le Droit : Le Privé, le Public, et le Droit de Propriété » (engl : "Places through Law : The Private, the Public and Property Law")

Research Interests
Civil Law
Comparative Law
Equity and Trusts
Legal History
Legal Theory
Political Philosophy and Theory
Private International Law
Property Law
Committee Members

Meet new faculty member Professor Chris Essert

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Prof. Christopher Essert

By Sheldon Gordon

Eight years ago, when he began his academic career at Queen's Faculty of Law, Chris Essert was assigned to teach a course on property law.  He discovered that the connection between property rights and equality under the law raised so many interesting questions that it was an area he should address in his research, too.