This section is based in large part on a 1968 paper by an environmental scientist Garret Hardin. It was Hardin who first coined the term ‘tragedy of the commons’ to reflect the issues that often arise when humans deal with a piece of common property. In Alberta, Hardin’s form of common property doesn’t really exist but this theory is very important to think about when dealing with property law and when considering how best to regulate our global environment.
This is a more general topic helping students to think about legal concepts and particularly about property. It may be particularly helpful before diving into some of other topics like climate change and the law. Start with the links on the left hand side, and as you complete each sub-topic, you will follow the links at the bottom of each page (or the links on the left hand sides) to the next topic in order.
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