Harvard University,  HLS
Fall 2014





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Property (Section 4 )

Professor Donahue

Catalog Number: HLS-1004-4
4 credits (Fall Term).
M., Tu., W., 3:204:40.

This course deals with characteristic arrangements under American law for the inception and transfer of the right to control and exploit property. The relationships of these arrangements to efficient resource use, the pattern of wealth distribution, and other social concerns will be explored as they are reflected in both judicial decision-making and legislative reform. Subject to variations of emphasis, topics covered will include aspects of both commercial and non-commercial transfers of land and other property, such as sale contracts, mortgages, leases, conveyances, recording and other methods of title assurance, and wills and trusts; and means of controlling private land use by private arrangement (easements, covenants, servitudes) and by public regulation (zoning, health and safety regulations, protection of minority or economically disadvantaged groups, eminent domain, and taxes). The historical categories and assumptions of American real property law will be considered with a view to examining their relevance to modern social and economic conditions.

Charles Donahue, Cases and Materials on Property: An Introduction to the Concept and the Institution (tentative 4th ed. 2012) (multilithed) (based on Charles Donahue, Thomas E. Kauper and Peter W. Martin, Cases and Materials on Property: An Introduction to the Concept and the Institution [3d ed. 1993].)

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