During the second week of March of this year, Professor Jason Neyers was a visitor at Harvard Law School.
Under the auspices of The Project on the Foundations of Private Law, an interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the academic investigation of private law, he delivered a presentation entitled, “A (Post-Modern) Theory of the Tort of Public Nuisance.” Professor Neyers argued that a post-modern approach is required to explain the current rules surrounding recovery for pure economic loss in public nuisance. In contrast to the modern view, according to which recovery is dependent on criminal liability and limited by policy concerns, the post-modern view sees the tort of public nuisance as protecting public rights.
While at Harvard Law School, Neyers also attended a Corrective Justice reading group convened by Professor Andrew Gold and participated in the “Private Law and Intellectual Property” conference organized by Professors Henry Smith and John Goldberg.Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continually-operating law school in the United States and is home to the largest academic law library in the world. It is universally regarded as one of the world’s elite law faculties, ranking 1st in the world in QS World University Rankings for law in 2015.