America’s Founders understood clearly that private property is the foundation not only of prosperity but of freedom itself. Thus, through the common law, state law, and the Constitution they protected property rights—the rights of people to freely acquire, use, and dispose of property. With the growth of modern government, however, those rights have been seriously compromised.

More on Property Rights

Commentary

Supreme Court Dries Price Controls Like a Raisin in the Sun

By Ilya Shapiro and Randal Meyer. The Federalist. June 23, 2015.

The Grasping Hand: “Kelo v. City of New London” and the Limits of Eminent Domain

By Ilya Somin. The American Constitution Society. June 23, 2015.

Victory Over The Raisin Administrative Committee: The New Deal Case That Took 80 Years To Bring

By Trevor Burrus. Forbes. June 22, 2015.

Cato Studies

An Innovative Approach to Land Registration in the Developing World: Using Technology to Bypass the Bureaucracy

By Peter F. Schaefer and Clayton Schaefer. Policy Analysis No. 765. December 3, 2014.

Misallocation, Property Rights, and Access to Finance: Evidence from within and across Africa

By Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan and Bent E. Sørensen. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 7. August 6, 2014.

Reducing Livability: How Sustainability Planning Threatens the American Dream

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 740. October 28, 2013.

Articles

Ending Legalized Piracy: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Roger Pilon and Trevor Burrus. Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Judicial Takings and Scalia’s Shifting Sands

Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus. Vermont Law Review. Vol. 35. No. 2. Winter 2010.

The Constitutional Protection of Property Rights: America and Europe

Roger Pilon. Economic Education Bulletin. June 2008.

Public Filings

Ministerio Roca Solida v. United States

By Mark F. Hearne, Stephen S. Davis, and Ilya Shapiro. Legal Briefs. July 1, 2015.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

By Roger Pilon, Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, Julio Colomba, Jonathan H. Adler, & Josh Blackman. Legal Briefs. May 26, 2015.

Horne v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

By Steffen N. Johnson, Eimeric Reig-Plessis, Christopher E. Mills, Ilya Shapiro, & Trevor Burrus. Legal Briefs. March 9, 2015.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Events

Magna Carta and the Rule of Law around the World

Featuring Ilya Shapiro, Roger Pilon, Tom G. Palmer, Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar, & Ian Vásquez. June 4, 2015. Conference.

Mugged by the State: When Regulators and Prosecutors Bully Citizens

Featuring Tim Lynch. May 19, 2014. Policy Forum.

Securing Land Rights for Chinese Farmers: The Progress So Far

Featuring Ian Vásquez. April 6, 2009. Policy Forum.