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New Book by Gregory Alexander Expounds the Properties of Property

IIthaca, NEW YORK, August 1, 2012

Cornell’s Gregory Alexander, the A. Robert Noll Professor of Law,  is co-author Properties of Property, published this spring by Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. Written in collaboration with Professor Hanoch Dagan of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law, the book provides an overview of cutting-edge work on property theory from leading scholars.

Broadly interdisciplinary, Properties of Property is designed for an international audience, particularly teachers, scholars, and students throughout Europe, the British Commonwealth, and China. It is intended for use not only in law schools but also in graduate classes in a wide variety of disciplines. An included Teacher’s Guide provides suggestions on using the book as a resource in seminars and as a companion to a property casebook.

Alexander, nationally renowned expert on property, has taught at Cornell Law School since 1985. “For me personally, writing Properties of Property was an enormous undertaking,” he says, “but it was all worth the effort, because the project gave me an opportunity to work closely with Hanoch Dagan, someone whose work I’ve admired for a long time.”

Of the reader’s content, he adds, “We included materials in which property theory is applied to controversial topics ranging from rent control to sale of body parts to environmental law. Our aim was to demonstrate that theory matters.”

-- Owen Lubozynski