Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Break Activities

I'm working hard on a chapter for an edited volume on the information or knowledge commons. The tentative title for my chapter is "What Elinor Ostrom's Work Can (and Cannot) Teach Scholars About Intellectual Property and the Knowledge Commons." The most important lesson from the chapter may be its warning against trying to use Lin's analyses of natural common-pool resources to draw normative lessons about the structure of IP rights and obligations.

I've written about 15 (single-spaced) pages in the last five days, and expect that I'm a bit more than half way done with a solid draft. hope (and really need) to finish the draft before classes resume next week because, in addition to class preps, I have another paper to write for a conference in Amsterdam May. That conference is on the concept of "state responsibility" in international law, and my paper will delve into the difference between "state responsibility" (de jure) and states that actually take responsibility, in the context of global climate policy.

Tomorrow, my son and I are off to visit my father in Scottsdale. I'll take advantage of the time there to make a presentation next Monday at the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at ASU, a sister school of IU's Ostrom Workshop. My talk will be about work I'm doing along with Mike McGinnis and grad-student Graham Epstein to combine and improve the Institutional Analysis & Development (IAD) and Social-Ecological Systems (SES) frameworks. We're hoping to get some good feedback from Marco Janssen, Marty Anderies, and their colleagues in Tempe before we start writing the first of what will likely be several papers on that topic.

Meanwhile, I also have a research assistant spending part of his Spring Break in a small town in northern Mississippi, search county records relating to a case I teach in first-year Property, about which I've long had a hypothesis. I'm hopeful that the information he brings back will either support or falsify my hypothesis. If the evidence is supporting, well, that will mean another writing project for me to get to sooner rather than later.

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