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Article: Toward a new social-political theory of the public trust doctrine

TitleToward a new social-political theory of the public trust doctrine
Authors
KeywordsThe Public Trust Doctrine
Public Space
Collective Rights
Responsibilities
Issue Date2011
PublisherVermont Law School. The Journal's web site is located at http://lawreview.vermontlaw.edu/
Citation
Vermont Law Review, 2011, v. 35 n. Book 3, p. 563-622 How to Cite?
AbstractThis Article puts forward a new social–political theory of the public trust doctrine by demonstrating that the doctrine is a legal tool that embodies both rights-conferring and responsibilities-imposing functions. The new theory, as the Article shows, is capable of yielding effective responses to the criticisms that have been leveled against the doctrine and the conventional theories upon which the doctrine was founded. Based on the role of public space in human development, the Article first discusses how and why the public trust doctrine has functioned to protect public spaces by conferring upon citizens four categories of public rights. The Article then argues that we should regard the public trust doctrine as a legal tool to enforce the public trust principle as a fundamental constitutional principle affording citizens fundamental rights over public space that is indispensable for human development. The protection of the public interest under this principle embodies the fundamental human value of protecting public space and underscores the need for the legal system to be shaped in a manner that effectuates this human value.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/139308
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dc.contributor.authorSun, Hen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T05:48:17Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-23T05:48:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationVermont Law Review, 2011, v. 35 n. Book 3, p. 563-622en_US
dc.identifier.issn0145-2908-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/139308-
dc.description.abstractThis Article puts forward a new social–political theory of the public trust doctrine by demonstrating that the doctrine is a legal tool that embodies both rights-conferring and responsibilities-imposing functions. The new theory, as the Article shows, is capable of yielding effective responses to the criticisms that have been leveled against the doctrine and the conventional theories upon which the doctrine was founded. Based on the role of public space in human development, the Article first discusses how and why the public trust doctrine has functioned to protect public spaces by conferring upon citizens four categories of public rights. The Article then argues that we should regard the public trust doctrine as a legal tool to enforce the public trust principle as a fundamental constitutional principle affording citizens fundamental rights over public space that is indispensable for human development. The protection of the public interest under this principle embodies the fundamental human value of protecting public space and underscores the need for the legal system to be shaped in a manner that effectuates this human value.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherVermont Law School. The Journal's web site is located at http://lawreview.vermontlaw.edu/-
dc.relation.ispartofVermont Law Reviewen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectThe Public Trust Doctrine-
dc.subjectPublic Space-
dc.subjectCollective Rights-
dc.subjectResponsibilities-
dc.titleToward a new social-political theory of the public trust doctrineen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailSun, H: haochen@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authoritySun, H=rp01270en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.hkuros194011en_US
dc.identifier.volume35en_US
dc.identifier.issueBook 3-
dc.identifier.spage563en_US
dc.identifier.epage622en_US
dc.publisher.placeUS-
dc.identifier.ssrn1942049-
dc.identifier.hkulrp2011/009-

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