On 17 November 2023, Girion Blomdahl defended his dissertation Who owns nature – A property law study on the relationship between the use of property rights and the protection of nature.
Not least the political discussions in recent years show that there can be a contradiction between property rights – the right to use what you own – and the protection of nature. At the same time, both property rights and nature conservation are given importance. In the thesis, Girion analyses the balancing of interests and proportionality assessments that are made when nature’s existing values are to be protected. Is there a systematic approach? Is it possible to find a better system that both rewards the protection of the most valuable nature and can take into account property rights?
In addition to a newly graduated Doctor of Laws, Girion is a lawyer at Setterwalls Law Firm, Stockholm.