Theology & Philosophy

Occupancy, Territorial, and Resource Rights


This colloquium explored issues related to occupancy, territorial, and resource rights through a selection of classical authors, and through the interpretation and reformulation of their theories by contemporary authors.


Conference Readings

Grotius, Hugo. The Rights of War and Peace, Book II. Edited by Richard Tuck. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2005.

Locke, John. Second Treatise on Government. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1980.

Pufendorf, Samuel. Two Books of the Elements of Universal Jurisprudence. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2009.

Risse, Mathias. On Global Justice. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Simmons, John. Boundaries of Authority. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Stilz, Anna. “Occupancy Rights and the Wrong of Removal.” Philosophy and Public Affairs 41, no. 4 (2013): 324-356.

Stilz, Anna, “Property Rights: Natural or Conventional?” In Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism, edited by Jason Brennan, Bas van der Vossen, and David Schmidtz, 244-258. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Vattel, Emerich. The Law of Nations. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2008.

Waldron, Jeremy. “Superseding Historic Injustice.” Ethics 103 (1992): 4-28.

Wenar, Leif. Blood Oil. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.