TITLE

The evolution of the public trust doctrine and the degradation of trust resources: courts, trustees and political power in Wisconsin

AUTHOR(S)
Kwaterski Scanlan, Melissa
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Ecology Law Quarterly;2000, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The public trust doctrine is rooted in ancient Roman law and the Wisconsin Constitution. Ancient Roman jurists believed that the natural law concept that the waters are common to all was not subject to the changing whims of legislatures. Similarly, modern theorists assert that a constitutionally-based doctrine will be more insulated from politics. This Comment demonstrates the limits of these theories. The trust doctrine is not immutable. Based on interviews with the trustees of Wisconsin's water resources, this Comment uncovers the constraints on the trustees. It shows that trust resources are at risk due to politically-motivated decisions and lax enforcement.
ACCESSION #
7942722

 

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