San Diego Law Review

A Proposal for an Alternative to the Private Enforcement of Environmental Regulations and Statutes Through Citizen Suits: Transferable Property Rights in Common Resources


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This Comment proposes a new method of private enforcement to be used to protect environmental interests: the granting of private property interests in common resources to interested individuals. This method combines the advantages of private ownership with the centralized decision making of traditional government control. The problems with standing considerations of citizen suits, the special injury requirements of public nuisance, the practical implementation of granting standing to animals, and the incentives of bounty hunters would be solved through this proposed system.

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