Environmental consideration in propertly law.
concerning exercise of their powers over their objects or land is regulated by public environmental and planning laws. The efficiency of their operation can be greatly affected by assumptions made by a legal system at a jurisprudential level about the nature of the rights of private property. Do private land owners in fundamental principle have responsibilities for the integrity of ecosystems on their land? This paper reviews and challenges the widely held view that Common Law systems do not recognise responsibilities in this sense. It contrasts the German legal system which does recognise such responsibilities and goes on to explore the reception of German land law principles into the Torrens land title system which operates in many Common Law countries, concluding that this reception supplanted the original Common Law idea if in its original form it was contrary to environmental responsibility.
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