Letter from the president

Richard Norton

President of PLPR

Professor, Urban & Regional Planning Program

A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

University of Michigan



The International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) was established more than a decade ago to create a forum for promoting multi-national and interdisciplinary study. Its members include academics and practitioners who are experts in their own disciplines but who also have real interest in better understanding the nuances of others. In addition to nurturing advanced graduate students, the association provides a peer group of scholars and it promotes cross-national and comparative perspectives on scholarly work at the intersection of planning, law, and property rights.

PLPR does this primarily through the organization of regular annual conferences. PLPR 2020 at Ústí nad Labem is the 14th annual conference for our association. We have developed a robust membership for our organization, and we greatly value new participants as the conference moves around the globe from year to year.

This year’s conference in the Czech Republic offers an exceptional contribution to PLPR’s mission. It is the latest meeting of colleagues working to advance our knowledge of things planning, law, and property rights, and it promises to be another great opportunity for gathering, networking, and collaboration.

Whether a long-time member or new, please join us this year for PLPR 2020 in Ústí nad Labem!

Richard Norton