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Research Canons

Books and articles that are essential to a new academic in various areas of legal inquiry as suggested by contributors to PrawfsBlawg.

Environmental Law Articles

  1. Christopher D. Stone, Should Trees Have Standing? Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects, 45 S. Cal. L. Rev. 450 (1972) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell). 
  2. Harold Demsetz, Towards a Theory of Property Rights, 57 Am. Econ. Rev. 347 (1967) (suggested by Jonathan H. Adler).

Environmental Law Books

  1. Jennifer Clapp & Peter Dauvergne, Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment (2005) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  2. R. H. Coase, The Firm, the Market, and the Law (1990) (Ronald Coase's "The Problem of Social Cost," is exceedingly important for environmental law. Unfortunately, the essay is so poorly understood. Therefore, I think that Coase's entire volume of essays,  should be listed in the canon. It includes the initial social cost essay, an second explanatory essay, and introductory comments. The seminal essay on lighthouses is also important in that it illustrates how public goods may be provided without state intervention; suggested by Jonathan H. Adler). 
  3. Sean Coyle & Karen Morrow, The Philosophical Foundations of Environmental Law: Property, Rights, and Nature (2004) (includes a very helpful select bibliography; suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  4. Partha Dasgupta, Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment (2001) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  5. Robyn Eckersley, The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty (2004) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  6. Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance (Sheila Jasanoff  & Marybeth Long Martello, eds. 2004) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  7. Richard J. Lazarus, The Making of Environmental Law ( 2004) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  8. Vaughn Lowe, The Politics of Law-Making in The Role of Law in International Politics (Michael Byers, ed. 2000)(Vaughn Lowe has a nice discussion of how the environmental principle of 'sustainability' has become an 'interstitial' norm in international law (owing to the Gabcikovo Case, 1982) that mediates between the 'legal principles' (treated as) of economic development and protection of the environment, in his essay; suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  9. Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Environmental Justice: Creating Equality, Reclaiming Democracy (2002) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell). 
  10. Christopher D. Stone, Should Trees Have Standing: Toward Legal Rights for Natural Objects (1974) (suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).
  11. Civil Society, International Courts and Compliance Bodies (Tullio Treves, et al. eds. 2005) (on the international plane, see the excellent contributions that make up chapters 12-15; suggested by Patrick S. O'Donnell).