Kobe University Social Science Research Series

Legal Responses to Vacant Houses

An International Comparison

Authors: Kadomatsu, N., Kelly, Jr., J.J., Melot, R., Pilniok, A.

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  • Analyzes the vacant property problem as a symbol of the “under use” of land, brought about by declining economic growth and population decline  
  • Offers a comparative international perspective with contributing authors from the USA, France, Germany, and Japan 
  • Describes various policy instruments used to address the issue by combining public law and private law approaches
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This book presents an international comparison of legal responses to the issue of vacant housing in Japan, the USA, France and Germany. While vacant housing is a shared problem in these four countries, the origin and context of the problem, as well as the focus of legal responses, differ considerably. Presenting the outcomes of an international symposium, this book explores different legal approaches (private/public law, federal/national/municipal governments, demolition/expropriation/requisition/planning) taken in the respective jurisdictions. It is highly recommended to readers whose work involves practical issues concerning vacant housing and who are interested in theoretical aspects of property law, building law and administrative law. The book also includes a chapter exploring the implications of the “tragedy of the commons/anticommons” for contemporary land use issues in Japan such as landscape protection, area management and unclaimed land. 


About the authors

Narufumi Kadomatsu is a Professor of Administrative Law at the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University. After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1986, he completed his Master’s and Doctoral Program at its Graduate School; he also worked as a Research Associate at the university’s Institute of Social Science. He was appointed as an Associate Professor at Kyushu University in 1996 and transferred to Kobe University as a Professor in 2005. He also studied one year at the University of Hamburg (1998–1999) and taught Japanese Law at the University of Munich (2003–2004). 

Jim Kelly is a Clinical Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School. He teaches, researches and practices community development law. He earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1987 and his J.D. from Columbia in 1994. Before going into teaching, Kelly worked, as Executive Director of Save A Neighborhood, Inc. and a Legal Consultant for Baltimore’s Project 5000, to assist city governments and community groups in acquiring clear titles to vacant houses and vacant lots. He previously worked as a Staff Attorney for the Community Law Center, serving Baltimore non-profits in their community revitalization efforts. From 1994 to 1999, he represented and counseled tenants and tenant groups for the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., where his work was funded by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation. Prior to joining the law school faculty in 2011, Kelly was an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. 

Romain Melot is Director of the research unit UMR SADAPT INRAE (National Institute for Research on Agriculture, Food and Environment)/AgroParisTech (AgroParisTech-Université Paris Saclay), équipe Proximités. He completed his Agrégation in Philosophy in 1998 and his Doctor of Social Sciences at the Ecolenormalesupérieure de Cachan in 2003. His research is chiefly in the field of sociology of law and focuses on issues of land and property rights. He has developed research that takes a cross-cutting look at these issues, both in terms of the implementation of administrative law (urban planning and environmental litigation, planning regulatory practices) and private law litigation (lease and expropriation litigation). 

Arne Pilniok studied law and administrative sciences at the University of Hamburg and the University of Leuven. After working as a Research Assistant in the DFG research group “Governance der Forschung,” he was appointed as a Junior Professor (Assistant Professor) at the University of Hamburg. His research addresses the fundamentals of administrative law and the administrative sciences (especially in multi-level systems), law of democracy, legal regulation of research and legal education/the legal profession. 


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Emergence of Unoccupied House Problem in Japan and Legal Measures Towards This Issue

    Pages 1-15

    Kadomatsu, Narufumi (et al.)

  • Municipal Responses to Vacant Properties in the United States

    Pages 17-34

    Kadomatsu, Narufumi (et al.)

  • Expropriation of Vacant Property in France: The Case of Substandard Housing

    Pages 35-43

    Kadomatsu, Narufumi (et al.)

  • The Urban Planning Development Concept as a Central Instrument for Managing Apartment Vacancies in German Law

    Pages 45-59

    Kadomatsu, Narufumi (et al.)

  • The Tragedies of the Commons and Anticommons in an Era of Underuse

    Pages 61-81

    Kadomatsu, Narufumi (et al.)

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eBook 42,79 €
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Softcover 51,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legal Responses to Vacant Houses
Book Subtitle
An International Comparison
Authors
Series Title
Kobe University Social Science Research Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Kobe University
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-6641-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-6641-7
Softcover ISBN
978-981-15-6640-0
Series ISSN
2520-1697
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 81
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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