Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Conference

The Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Conference was organized in 2003 at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, with the first conference held in October of 2004. The Conference and Prize were proposed in 2003 by Joseph T. Waldo, a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law with the support of the then Dean of the Law School, W. Taylor Reveley, III, who would later become President of the College. The Conference and Prize were inaugurated in 2004. Each Fall the Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Conference awards the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize to an individual whose work has advanced the cause of property rights and has contributed to the overall awareness of the important role property rights occupy in the broader scheme of individual liberty.[1] The Conference seeks to bring together at the College legal practitioners in the field of property law from across the nation along with judges and legal scholars to discuss developments in property rights.[2]

Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Conference
Location(s)William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law
2011 Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
2016 The Hague, Netherlands
InauguratedOctober 2004
Most recentOctober 1-2, 2020
Next eventSeptember 30 - October 1, 2021
WebsiteThe Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference

In 2011 the Conference, which most years is hosted at William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law, was hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. During the 2011 Conference, which was the Eighth Annual Brigham Kanner Property Rights Conference, Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor received the Brigham Kanner Prize. The reception was held in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. The 2011 Conference featured lectures and panel discussions by the leading property rights scholars and practitioners from China and the United States.[3]

The Thirteenth Annual Conference, held in 2016, was hosted by the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands and was presented in cooperation with the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School. The recipient of the year's Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize was Hernando de Soto, Prize-winning economist and author of The Mystery of Capital and The Other Path.[4]

Beginning in 2011, the Conference began publishing the Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Journal (formerly Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal) as a chronicle of the Conference's panels. Volume 1, whose focus was "Comparative Property Rights," features 17 articles that explore the similarities and differences of the property systems in the U.S., China, and other countries. The articles were written by leading scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and China. Articles provide a comparative analysis of legal protection of property rights and also explore topics such as the role of property in promoting social and economic policy, the impact of culture on property systems, and the relationship between property rights and the environment. Four articles reflect on Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's property rights decisions, in recognition of her receipt of the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.[5] Subsequent Volumes have had such topics as "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Property," "The Essence of Property," "Defining the Reach of Property," "Property as a Form of Government," and "The Role of Property in Secure Societies."[6]

The Conference Committee is composed of three members: A. Benjamin Spencer, Dean of the Law School, Lynda Butler, Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the William and Mary Property Rights Project, and Andrew Prince Brigham, a property rights attorney in Florida.[7] The Committee and Conference are supported by an Advisory Board for the Conference and an Advisory Board for the Journal.[8]

The Eighteenth Annual Conference will be held September 30 through October 1, 2021 and will honor Vicki Been, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, an Affiliated Professor of Public Policy of the New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Faculty Director of New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, and former commissioner of New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. [9]

Recipients of the Brigham-Kanner PrizeEdit


  1. ^ "Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference". William & Mary Law School. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "About the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference". William & Mary Law School. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Makes Its International Debut in Beijing". Owners' Counsel. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Join Us at the 13th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in The Hague". William & Mary Law School. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Brigham-Kanner Property Conference Journal". William & Mary Law School. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "About The Brigham-Kanner Property Conference Journal". William & Mary Law School. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  7. ^ Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Journal. 8. August 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Journal. 8. August 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Morrill, David. "William & Mary Law School to Honor Professor Vicki Been with Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize". William & Mary Law School. Retrieved March 21, 2021.

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