This panel, sponsored by the Minority group and Property Sections of the AALS for the January, 2000 annual meeting, was composed of an exciting group of scholars critically analyzing traditional theories of property and current distribution of resources. The panel, entitled "Reviewing the Legacy of Liberalism: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness -- Linking Property to Rights," challenged traditional notions of property rights, from a discussion of the gender implications of African property law, to a critique of traditional analyses of Johnson v. M'Intosh, to property as heteronormative. Because the articles provide so much rich and thought-provoking material, I would like to focus my comments on ways in which ongoing historical disputes about property rights will be manifested in the coming years as highlighted in the papers that follow.
Danaya C. Wright, Foreword: Toward a Multicultural Theory of Property Rights, 12 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 2 (2000), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/218