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Unpacking the public trust doctrine: A journey into foreign territory

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dc.contributor.author Van der Schyff, Elmarie
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-04T06:48:07Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-04T06:48:07Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Van der Schyff, E. 2010. Unpacking the public trust doctrine: A journey into foreign territory. Potchefstroom electronic law journal (PELJ) = Potchefstroomse elektroniese regsblad (PER), 13(5):122-159 [http://www.nwu.ac.za/p-per/index.html] en
dc.identifier.issn 1727-3781
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/4074
dc.description.abstract The past decade has borne witness to the transformation of South Africa's natural resources law with the introduction of a new legal concept, that of "public trusteeship", to South African jurisprudence. The concept of "public trusteeship" as it is embodied in South African legislation encapsulates the sovereign's duty to act as guardian of certain interests to the benefit of the nation as a whole. In the quest to demystify the incorporation of the concept of "public trusteeship" in South Africa, this article, as a first tentative step, focuses solely on the public trust doctrine as it functions in American jurisprudence. It is the aim of this article to give a thorough theoretical exposition of the development and application of the public trust doctrine in American jurisprudence in order to provide the South African scholar with a perspective on a legal construct founded on the philosophical notion that governments exercise a "fiduciary trust" on behalf of their people. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), Faculty of Law en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.subject Environmental protection en
dc.subject Natural resources en
dc.subject Ownership en
dc.subject American public trust doctrine en
dc.subject Private property en
dc.subject Public rights en
dc.subject Takings en
dc.subject South African public trusteeship en
dc.subject Fiduciary trust en
dc.subject Stewardship ethic en
dc.subject Res omnium communes en
dc.subject Res publica en
dc.title Unpacking the public trust doctrine: A journey into foreign territory en
dc.type Article en


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