Eminent domain is the inherent power of government to take private property for a public purpose. The seminar will consider the 800 year- old historical conflict between sovereignty and private property -- from Magna Carta in 1215, to the Bill of Rights in 1791, to Kelo v. City of New London in 2005, to today’s Keystone pipeline. The environmental, economic, and political and justifications for the exercise of the power will be weighed and examined. Special attention will be paid to the uses and abuses of eminent domain in the redevelopment of Baltimore. Student papers will be eligible to receive certification for satisfaction of the Advanced Writing requirement.
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Last offered Fall 2015.