[Marxism] "Law of eminent domain"?? (was: Columbia expansion)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Apr 29 07:01:00 MDT 2006

At 01:56 AM 4/29/2006, you wrote:
>On Fri, 28 Apr 2006 15:58:30 -0400, Louis Proyect wrote:
> > one suggested Harlem is short on space, needs to expand.
> > Let's take Columbia s South Lawn by eminent domain.
> > Last April a document was uncovered that detailed the university's
>plans to
> > spend $300,000 on a consulting project to determine whether the law of
> > eminent domain could be applied to the Manhattanville land grab.
>    What does that mean?
>Lüko Willms
>Frankfurt, Germany

Eminent domain (US), compulsory purchase (United Kingdom, New Zealand), 
compulsory acquisition (Australia) or expropriation (Canada, South Africa) 
in common law legal systems is the lawful power of the state to expropriate 
private property without the owner's consent, either for its own use or on 
behalf of a third party. The term eminent domain is used primarily in the 
United States, where the term was derived in the mid-19th century from a 
legal treatise written by the Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius in 1625. The term 
compulsory purchase, also originating in the mid-19th Century, is used 
primarily in England and Wales, and other jurisdictions that follow the 
principles of English law. Originally, the power of eminent domain was 
assumed to arise from natural law as an inherent power of the sovereign.

Governments most commonly use the power of eminent domain when the 
acquisition of real property is necessary for the completion of a public 
project such as a road, and the owner of the required property is unwilling 
to negotiate a price for its sale. In many jurisdictions the power of 
eminent domain is tempered with a right that just compensation be made for 
the appropriation.

full: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eminent_domain 

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