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The Journal of Property Rights in Transition (JPRT) is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing private property rights around the world. JPRT seeks to provide expert knowledge on this issue particularly where these rights have been or are currently violated such as in Communist and post-Communist regions. Readership includes academics, attorneys, domestic and foreign investors, journalists, past and future claimants of confiscated property, policymakers, and students of countries in transition.

Dictatorships tend to violate the principle of private property ownership. In particular, Communist and Marxist-Leninist dictatorships arguably carry out the most egregious abuses against private property based on their aversion to individual rights and driven by their quest for totalitarian power. Authoritarian and rightist governments as well as monarchies seized property from enemies. The Nazi regime enacted sweeping confiscations from those whose nations they had occupied. Yet, democratic governments and their elected officials sometimes push to violate these rights as well. Unfortunately, the inappropriate use of eminent domain, historic preservation and environmental activism threaten private property in democratic countries. The preservation and protection of these rights is crucial because they endow and reinforce individual freedom and dignity. Many respected thinkers throughout history warned of the dangers posed by the loss of private property rights including Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), John Locke (1632-1704), Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780), Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992), Ayn Rand (1905-1982), and Richard Pipes (1923-).

JPRT selected Sir William Blackstone, a scholar on English common law, as our logo because of his defense of private property rights, particularly in his most famous work Commentaries on the Laws of England. Editorial cartoonist Alfredo Pong, created the logo with Blackstone holding in his right hand the scale of justice which is balanced by money and assets represented by a cornucopia. In his left hand is a key as a symbol of property.

 

Editor-in-Chief and Founder

Tania C. Mastrapa, Mastrapa Consultants & The Institute of World Politics

Managing Editor

John Radzilowski, University of Alaska Southeast & Piast Institute

Editorial Board

Marek J. Chodakiewicz, The Institute of World Politics

Wojciech J. Muszyński, Glaukopis & The Institute of National Remembrance

Christopher A. Roach, Adams and Reese, LLP

Damiana Otoiu, University of Bucharest & Free University of Brussels

Shanker A. Singham, The Competitiveness and Enterprise Development at Babson Global

Tomasz K. Sommer, Instytut Globalizacji

Lavinia Stan, St. Francis Xavier University

Rodica Milena Zaharia, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucuresti