Beyond the Law: Property and Possession


Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
NYU School of Law
November 3-4, 2022


This event engages topics of property in legal, political, economic, cultural and environmental contexts. Participants will also discuss papers and emerging debates around the intellectual use of ancestral knowledge by local communities. This event will be closed to the public. A summary report of the papers presented will appear in publications across select law journals in 2023.

The objective of this conference is to explore the different relations and definitions given to property and possession in determined contexts. Property, broadly defined as a mechanism that outlines the relationship between subjects and valuable actors and things, is a highly contextual relationship. Given the contested definitions and applications, different stakeholders refer to property, as if the category has a unified and single meaning. For that reason, we are interested in engaging in the conversation of property beyond the law. We are inviting scholars who use the concept of property to think about relationships that exist in areas such as real property, cultural property, intellectual property, the politics of property, property, and colonialism, property and Indigenous nations, property and transitions, and property and environmental justice, among others.

This event is co-directed by Dr. Jane Anderson (Associate Professor at New York University and Global Fellow in the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy in the Law School at NYU) and Māui Hudson (Associate Professor, Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato, from Whakatōhea, Ngā Ruahine and Te Māhurehure).

Brad Sherman - Australia University of Queensland
Carlos Andrés Baquero - NYU Law School
Edward Murphy - Michigan State University
Gabriele Wadlig - Dresden University of Technology
Hai-Yuean Tualima - Victoria University of Wellington
Jacob Golan - NYU - Law School
Jane Anderson - NYU - Engelberg Center of Innovation Law & Policy
Jason Mika - University of Waikato
John Reid - University of Canterbury
Jordan Wilson - NYU - Anthropology
K-Sue Park - Georgetown University Law School
Katharina Ruckstuhl - University of Otago
Kathy Bowery - Australia UNSW
Katie Lee Riddle - University of Waikato
Kelsey Leonard - University of Waterloo
Kēpa Brian Morgan - University of Auckland
Kieran Brown - Partner and Director at Polis Consulting Group NZ
Kirsten Anker - McGill University Law School
Kylie Rosabal - University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law
Liz Macpherson - University of Canterbury
Madhavi Sunder - Georgetown Law
Marilyn Strathern - Anthropology University of Cambridge
Maron E. Greenleaf - Dartmouth University - Anthropology
Matthew Canfield - Leiden Law School
Matthew Rout - University of Canterbury
Maui Hudson - University of Waikato
Meghan Morris - University of Cincinnati
Natalie Kusabs - University of Waikato
Stephanie Carroll - University of Arizona
Tim Coltman - University of Waikato
Trevor Reed - Arizona State University
Vanessa Smith - NYU - Museum Studies