We were very fortunate this week to play host to George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin.
In town for some Lord of the Rings tourism, Ilya also gave a couple of talks for us. The first one, on Somin’s work on voter knowledge, was jointly hosted by Victoria University’s School of Government. I highlighted it last week in our Insights newsletter.
Before his talk at Vic, Ilya provided a short seminar at the Initiative on urban development authorities and use of eminent domain in the United States. Ilya wrote the book on Kelo v City of New London. His slides from that talk are here; I also summarised the lessons New Zealand can take from his work on eminent domain in this week’s newsletter. I hope New Zealand can learn from America’s experience.