This course is taught by Professor Rodrigo M. Nunez.
This course aims to foster a better understanding of sustainable solutions for the protection and development of natural and cultural resources as relevant fundamental rights, from two perspectives: the global and the local.
The module offers both introductory practical skills and a basic knowledge of the commons, and related issues. The first part of the course explores international legislation and compares national legislations, the main theories, and the most representative collective actions exercised to promote and protect economic and social rights such as the access to food, water, health, housing, and land. The second part encourages the exchange of knowledge among diverse disciplines and local experiences.
The course aims to discuss an appropriate long-term strategy of social organization to defend common resources and public goods. A partial list of topics includes: common property and common pool resources, tradable permits, public goods, land access and traditional property, and institutional arrangements.
In addition to general lectures, students will be divided into small groups to prepare papers on given topics, which they will then present in a seminar session.