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Christopher Serkin

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Elisabeth H. and Granville S. Ridley Jr. Chair in Law
Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management

Christopher Serkin teaches and writes about land use and property law. His provocative scholarship addresses local governments, property theory, the Takings Clause, land use regulations and eminent domain. His articles have appeared in the Chicago, Columbia, Michigan, New York University, Notre Dame and Northwestern University law reviews, among others. He is the author of The Law of Property, a Concept and Insights book published in 2012, and a co-editor of a leading casebook, Land Use Controls (4th edition, 2013) with Robert Ellickson, Vicki Been and Roderick Hills. Dean Serkin was named associate dean for research in 2015 and now serves as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, Dean Serkin taught at Brooklyn Law School from 2005-13. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and New York University. He began his academic career at New York University School of Law, where he taught for two years as an acting assistant professor in its Lawyering Program. After earning his J.D. at the University of Michigan School of Law, where he was a Clarence Darrow Scholar, Dean Serkin was a law clerk for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Judge J. Garvan Murtha of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont. Before joining the legal academy, he practiced law as an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Research Interests

Property, land use, local governments, the Takings Clause

Representative Publications

  • "Penn Central Take Two," 92 Notre Dame Law Review 913 (2017)
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  • "Insuring Takings Claims," 111 Northwestern Law Review 75 (2016)
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  • "Passive Takings: State Inaction and the Duty to Protect Property," 113 Michigan Law Review 345 (2014)
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  • "Public Entrenchment through Private Law: Binding Local Governments," 78 University of Chicago Law Review 879 (2011)
    Full Text | SSRN | HEIN | BEPRESS
  • "Existing Uses and the Limits of Land Use Regulations," 84  New York University Law Review 1222 (2009); reprinted in 42 Land Use and Environmental Law Review (2011)
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  • "Local Property Law: Adjusting the Scale of Property Protection," 107 Columbia Law Review 883 (2007); reprinted in 2008 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook 341 (2008) (Patricia E. Salkin, editor)
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