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8th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference

The 8th Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference was held in Beijing, China on October 14-15, 2011. Tsinghua University Law School partnered with William & Mary Law School and hosted the Conference on its magnificent campus.

The Conference selected China as the site of its first international conference location because the treatment of property rights figures prominently in both America's and China's economic and political structures. The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference explored the relationship among property rights, economic prosperity, and individual freedom. The 2011 Brigham-Kanner Prize was awarded to retired United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference began in 2004 at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Annually the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference awards the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize to an individual whose work has advanced the cause of property rights and has contributed to the overall awareness of the important role property rights occupy in the broader scheme of individual liberty.

The Brigham–Kanner Property Rights Prize is awarded annually at the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference and is named in recognition of Toby Prince Brigham and Gideon Kanner for their lifetime contributions to private property rights, their efforts to advance pertinent constitutional protections of property and their accomplishments in preserving the important role that private property plays in protecting individual and civil rights. Toby Prince Brigham is a founding partner of Brigham Moore in Florida and has practiced eminent domain and property rights law for more than 40 years. Gideon Kanner is professor of law emeritus at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and is currently Of Counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in California. This year's prize recipient is Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

The Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference is renowned for its outstanding panel discussions and for bringing together the bench, bar, and academics on its panels. The Conference is notable for its encouragement of active participation from the audience through its question and answer segments with each of the panels.