Property Rights in Spectrum, Water, and Minerals

Tags: Spectrum Policy / Technology Policy

Hosted by the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment.

The definition of property rights in contexts outside of traditional metes and bounds of land raises a series of interesting issues. In a range of contexts, including access to water, wireless spectrum, and minerals, governments face a question of how to ensure that the resource is used effectively and that adjacent users do not interfere with the rights of one another. In each context, different strategies are used to accomplish these goals and rarely are those strategies compared and contrasted across the specific domains.

In this conference, building on last year’s conference discussing the move towards more dynamic markets in different areas, we will bring together leading experts from the different fields to examine and compare two concepts that have enjoyed different success in these three domains&#8212a “use it or lose it” regime and different judicial or administrative regimes to guard against and address concerns around interference. To reflect on the day’s discussions, the nation’s leading property scholar, Richard Epstein, will offer a keynote address.


  • Phil Weiser
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
Overview Panel
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Charles Wilkinson
    Distinguished Professor, Moses Lasky Professor of Law, University of Colorado
  • David Redl
    Chief Counsel, Communications and Technology, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Bruce Kramer
    Of Counsel, McGinnis Lochridge
Panel One: Minerals
  • William Boyd — Moderator
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado
  • Patty Limerick
    Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Stanley Dempsey
    Chairman of the Board of Directors, Royal Gold
  • Jack Luellen
    Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Thomas Roesch
    Senior Director, Land, Newmont Mining Corporation

Panel Two: Wireless Spectrum

Panel Three: Water
  • Raymond Gifford — Moderator
    Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
  • Charles Howe
    Professor of Economics, University of Colorado
  • Ramsey L. Kropf
    Shareholder, Patrick, Miller, Kropf & Noto, PC
  • Karin Sheldon
    President, Four Echoes Strategies
  • Richard Epstein
    Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

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