March 23rd, 2011 — By — In News & Events

Planning for the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing is underway

The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference began in 2004 at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Annually 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.

The Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Prize is named in recognition of Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner for their lifetime contributions to private property rights, their efforts to advance pertinent constitutional protections of property and their accomplishments in preserving the important role that private property plays in protecting individual and civil rights. Toby Prince Brigham is a founding partner of Brigham Moore in Florida and has practiced eminent domain and property rights law for more than 40 years. Gideon Kanner is professor of law emeritus at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is currently Of Counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in California. This year’s prize recipient is Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference is renowned for its outstanding panel discussions and for bringing together the bench, bar, and academics on its panels. The Conference is notable for its encouragement of active participation from the audience through its question and answer segments with each of the panels. This is the Conference’s inaugural year abroad and will be hosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing.

The theme for the 2011 conference is “Comparative Property Rights.” Panel topics will focus on property as an instrument of social policy, property as an economic institution, property rights and the environment, a roundtable discussion on the future of property rights as well as a discussion of the important property rights decisions of Justice O’Connor’s judicial career. Panelists include the seven previous recipients of the Brigham-Kanner Prize, American property rights scholars and attorneys as well as legal scholars from Tsinghua University and throughout China.

Visit for more details regarding the panel topics, speakers and activities planned for the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference in Beijing. The William & Mary Alumni Committee is planning a post-conference tour of China and Hong Kong. See our previous posts about the conference here.

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