The public trust doctrine : ensuring the public's natural right of (perpetual) access to common resources

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dc.contributor.author Park, Matthew Aragorn
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-10T21:27:42Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-10T21:27:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en
dc.date.issued 2010-03-10T21:27:42Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2344
dc.description.abstract In the 2004 Supreme Court of Canada case of British Columbia v. Canadian Forest Products Ltd. Justice Binnie spoke of "public rights in the environment that reside in the Crown." He then canvassed the public trust doctrine, a well developed concept in the United States, even though none of the parties argued as such. I argue that this signals a shift in Canada towards recognizing the public's right of access to common resources. A new reading of John Locke's natural law theories provides the theoretical basis for limiting property rights, for the common good. I argue the public trust doctrine, a forgotten aspect of the common law, is a fiduciary duty that the state to maintain the right of perpetual access to common resources. Understanding its historical foundations the public trust doctrine has the potential, if articulated from an ecological perspective, to provide for state supervised sustainability for future generations. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject natural resources en
dc.subject legislation en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Law en
dc.title The public trust doctrine : ensuring the public's natural right of (perpetual) access to common resources en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Tollefson, Chris
dc.contributor.supervisor McLaren, John
dc.degree.department Faculty of Law en
dc.degree.level Master of Laws LL.M en

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