15. Law and planning under societal challenges

Almost all countries have laws, regulations and government institutions related to planning and building controls. Planning laws often also enable intervention in property rights – such as expropriation and land sharing – and may entail fiscal aspects (levies, fees, negotiated value sharing). These issues range from procedural matters - processes that affect quality of governance, to substantive policies and instruments that may enable the creation of spaces and shape land use (for better or worse).
In times of increasing uncertainty, European (dis)integration, neo-liberal economic approaches, and social and demographic changes, a new focus on innovative processes and practices applied to planning of territories, regions and cities is needed. These are all very critical questions regarding the interplay between Law, spatial planning and property rights. Can the law and planning institutions meet the challenges posed by inclusiveness and multiculturalism, promoting flexible planning approaches and collective engagement? How do they affect planning laws geared to handle distributive justice issues within cities, countries, and across borders?
This track invites research proposal on any topic that relates to planning laws and land policy, whether directly or indirectly. An indication of the scope of the track can be seen from the following list of areas:

Contributions may focus on theory or investigate particular issues, focusing either on a particular country or cross-nationally. Since legal and planning systems vary greatly from country to country, authors should make the legal structures and procedures as transparent as possible. To be considered for this track, the author needs to point out some relationship with the underlying legal framework.