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date: 06 July 2022

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Transnational property law offers an account of common law property doctrines as they emerged through transnational encounters between people and legal regimes. It places property at the intersection of global economic governance, international political economy, and law by offering both a historical account of property regimes and a methodological argument for understanding property in context. It proposes that common law property regimes around land should be understood not just as compartmentalized into domestic jurisdictional realms, but rather as spaces in which different concepts, claims, and contestations of property—local, national, and transnational—are constantly in conflict with each other. Instead of tracing the development of common law property thought as a linear trajectory without regard to concrete historical and geographical circumstances, it suggests looking for answers instead by taking a closer look at the new settings in which property law regimes are grounded today through interdisciplinary methods of analysis.

Keywords: property, legal pluralism, postcolonial theory, conquest, colonialism, development, investor protection, financialization, real estate investment, urbanization

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