Friday, October 17, 2014

Park on the Cohasset Marshlands Dispute

William W. Park, Boston University School of Law, has posted The Cohasset Marshlands Dispute: International Arbitration in Colonial New England, which is forthcoming in International Council Commercial Arbitration (2014).  Here is the abstract:    
One of the earliest international arbitrations in the Americas arose from rival claims to hayfields contested between two groups of religious dissidents. The dispute resolution process which unfolded in 1640 between the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies takes special significance as an epochal step toward the robust cross-border cooperation that ultimately united thirteen disparate colonies into a single nation.

1 comment:

Shag from Brookline said...

I was intrigued by this portion of this post:

" ... takes special significance as an epochal step toward the robust cross-border cooperation that ultimately united thirteen disparate colonies into a single nation."

so I downloaded this short (3 page) article to learn of how this resolution of salt hay rights led to the Articles of Confederation ratified in 1781 and then to the Constitution/Bill of Rights (1787-91). Alas, the paper did not delve into this. So I anxiously await a follow up on this "epochal step."