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Ownership Is Nine-Tenths Of Possession: How Disparate Conceptions Of Ownership Influence Possession Doctrines, Martin Hirschprung Feb 2013

Ownership Is Nine-Tenths Of Possession: How Disparate Conceptions Of Ownership Influence Possession Doctrines, Martin Hirschprung

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Possession is nine-tenths of ownership. And yet, the concept of possession remains woefully unclear in the law, thereby rendering the very idea of ownership too somewhat murky. This Article argues that there exists a reflexive relationship between possession and ownership, and that one’s understanding of ownership and its incidents influence the very concept of possession, rather than vice-versa. The Article further argues that given this reality, the application of the concept of stewardship to question of possession can aid significantly in resolving some of the most important contemporary disputes regarding possession and ownership in society, such as disputes between ...