Léon Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property

A Translation and Global Exploration

  • Paul Babie
  • Jessica Viven-Wilksch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paul Babie, Jessica Viven-Wilksch
    Pages 1-32
  3. English Translation of Léon Duguit’s 1920 Buenos Aires Lecture ‘propriété fonction sociale’ by Jessica Viven-Wilksch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Jessica Viven-Wilksch
      Pages 35-61
  4. The Importance of the Social Function of Property—Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Katlijn Malfliet
      Pages 143-167
  5. The Importance of the Social Function of Property—South America

  6. The Importance of the Social Function of Property—North America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Gaële Gidrol-Mistral, Alexandra Popovici
      Pages 311-327
  7. The Importance of the Social Function of Property—Australia, Africa and Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Lei Chen, Andrew Michalek, Jia Wang
      Pages 331-354
    3. Peter D. Burdon, James G. Stewart
      Pages 355-370
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 403-419

About this book


This book demonstrates the importance of Léon Duguit for property theory in both the civil and common law world. It translates into English for the first time ever Duguit’s seminal lecture on property, the sixth of a series given in 1911 in Buenos Aires. It also collects essays from the leading experts on the social function of property in major civil and common law jurisdictions internationally.

The book explores the importance that the notion of the social function of property has come to have not only in France but in the entire civil law tradition, and also considers the wide – if un-attributed and seldom regarded – influence in the common law tradition and theory of property.


property law property theory social function of property propriété function sociale common law property civil law property Léon Duguit private property common property social responsibility norm capitalist property real property civil code right-property propriété-droit function-property propriété-fonction legal history Larissa Katz

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Babie
    • 1
  • Jessica Viven-Wilksch
    • 2
  1. 1.Adelaide Law SchoolThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Adelaide Law SchoolThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors