Thursday, December 6, 2012

Write On! Access to food & other scarce resources

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

Columbia Law School's Center on Global Legal Transformation seeks proposals from "junior researchers" on "Triangulating Property Rights: Governing Access to Scarce, Essential Resources," to be presented as part of a New York conference on scarce-resource access, which the center will sponsor on June 20-21, 2013, in New York.
Our colleague Katharina Pistor (below left), NYU Professor of Law and Director of the Center, is organizing, along with NYU Visiting Law Professor Olivier De Schutter (right), the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, who's also a Professor of Law at Belgium's Catholic University of Louvain and College of Europe.
The full call for papers outlines the tension between global scarcities and private property rights, and then continues:
'Proposals should suggest models for governing essential, scarce resources. They can be qualitative or quantitative; make use of empirical data and field research or suggest a new theoretical approach. They should address if and how the following three normative goals (the basis of the triangle to which the title refers) for managing scarce, essential goods can be realized:
• equity (universal access to those resources that are essential for human life);
• efficiency (in managing scarce essential goods and minimizing waste); and
• sustainability (arrangements that do not unduly interfere with future productivity or availability of essentials).'
Interested persons should submit memos of 5-10 single-spaced pages to the project coordinator, Claire Debucquois, at cd2636@columbia.edu.
Deadline is January 15, 2013.

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