George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Research Roundtable on Public Nuisance

Event Details

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  • Venue: Omni Amelia Island Plantation
  • Division: The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies

The Research Roundtable on Public Nuisance was a part of a new Public Nuisance Litigation project and commissioned six original research papers from leading experts at universities around the country to:

      • Analyze the flawed legal reasoning that has led to the public nuisance doctrine’s expansion;
      • Detail the economic and due process harms associated with penalizing defendants for past behavior they had no reason to believe was wrong or unlawful; and
      • Dissect the legal and policy problems related to the use of public nuisance by municipalities, counties, and private plaintiffs.

Completed drafts of the research papers underwent live peer review in the form of a closed-door research roundtable that allowed scholars, judges, practicing attorneys, industry representatives, and public policy experts to evaluate and critique draft papers. The participating authors will now revise their studies in response to roundtable feedback, and present those revised papers at a major public policy conference.

Questions? Contact Jonathan Lee at or 703.993.8388.