‘Natural Rights and Property’ Topic of April 4 Stranahan Lecture

March 29, 2022 | Events, News, UToday, Alumni, Law
By Lauren Smieszek

Eric R. Claeys will make the case for protecting private property as a natural right in American law and public policy as part of The University of Toledo College of Law’s Stranahan Lecture series.

A professor of law at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Claeys will lecture on “Natural Rights and Property” on Monday, April 4, at noon in the McQuade Law Auditorium at the Law Center.


Claeys will illustrate with the recent case, Campo v. United States, in which a federal court held that fishermen have constitutionally protected property in rights to harvest oysters. His lecture will also include material from his forthcoming book, “Natural Property Rights” (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2023).

“The American legal system has historically, and relative to other countries, provided robust protection for private property rights, and yet that protection has co-existed sometimes uneasily with governmental regulation of property owners,” said Lee J. Strang, John W. Stoepler Professor of Law and Values at the College of Law. “Professor Claeys’ lecture ties both the protection of and limits on private property to natural property rights.”

Claeys publishes widely on natural rights and property law. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and is involved in ongoing projects of the ALI on property and copyright.

After law school, Claeys clerked for Melvin Brunetti, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and William H. Rehnquist, chief justice of the United States. He has also taught at Saint Louis University School of Law, the University of Chicago Law School and Harvard Law School.

Claeys received his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School.

This free, public lecture is a part of the Stranahan National Issues Forum and is sponsored by the College of Law and its chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.

For more information, visit the event’s webpage.

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