Faculty & Staff




Professor of Law Emeritus
Regents’ Medalist for Excellence in Teaching


AB, DePauw University, 1965
JD, University of Michigan, 1968
LLM, Nottingham University, 1969


David L. Callies is Benjamin A. Kudo professor of law at the Law School where he teaches land use, state and local government and real property. Prior to coming to Hawaiʻi he practiced local government and land use law with the firm of Ross & Hardies of Chicago during which time he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and served as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He is a graduate of DePauw University, the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and the University of Nottingham (LL.M.), and a past foreign fellow and present life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.

He is past chair of the Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association; past chair of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law and the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006; past chair, section of state and local government law, the American Association of Law Schools; past chair, Academics Forum, and member of Council, Asia Pacific Forum, of the International Bar Association; a member of the American Law Institute (ALI); a Member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and co-editor of the annual Land Use and Environmental Law Review (with J.B. Ruhl). He is also past president and a board member of the Social Science Association of Honolulu.

Among his twenty books are Bargaining for Development: A Handbook on Development Agreements, Annexation Agreements, Land Development Conditions and Vested Rights(with Curtin and Tappendorf) (ELI, 2003); Taking Land: Compulsory Purchase and Land Use Regulation in the Asia-Pacific (with Kotaka) (U.H. Press, 2002, republished in Japanese, 2007), Property and the Public Interest (with Hylton, Mandelker and Franzese) (Lexis Law Publishing, 3d ed., 2007); Preserving Paradise: Why Regulation Won’t Work (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1994); Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls In Hawaii (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1984), and (with Robert Freilich and Shelley Saxer), Cases and Materials on Land Use (Thomson-West, 7th ed., 2017). His book, Land Use Controls in the United States is published in Kyoto (in Japanese) and Shanghai (in Chinese). His latest book (with coauthors) The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.

He has delivered endowed lectures at Albany Law School and at John Marshall Law School (Chicago) and is a regular lecturer at the annual conferences of the American Planning Association, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, the Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, and the ALI-ABA Inverse Condemnation Program. A recent article (of over 100) was written by request for the Asia Pacific Law Journal of Hong Kong City University for a special 2007 edition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s establishment as a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, entitled “Takings, Physical and Regulatory” and addressed the use of U.S. property law precedents by Hong Kong’s highest court.

He is presently writing a book on the public trust doctrine.

Selected Publications



Chapters & Articles

  • The Public Trust Doctrine, 8 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Rts. Conf. J. 71 (2019). HeinOnlineScholarSpace
  • Knick in Perspective: Restoring Regulatory Takings Remedy in Hawai’i, 42 U. Haw. L. Rev. 136 (2019) (with Ellen R. Ashford). HeinOnline
  • Fair Housing and Discrimination after Inclusive Communities, 33 Prob. & Prop. 43 (2019). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Public and Private Land Development Conditions: An Overview, 52 UIC J. Marshall L. Rev. 747 (2019). HeinOnline
  • Fourteenth Annual Brigham-Kanner Prize Presentation Dinner Award Recipient Speech, 7 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Rts. Conf. J. 1 (2018). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Opening Remarks: The Future of Land Use Regulation, 7 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Conf. J. 11 (2018). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • A Brief Rebuttal from Callies, 7 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Rts. Conf. J. 127 (2018). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Fair Housing, Discrimination and Inclusionary Zoning in the United States, 4 J. Int’l & Comp. L. 39 (2017) (with Derek B. Simon). HeinOnlineScholarSpace
  • Fair Housing, Discrimination and Inclusionary Zoning in the United States, 49 Urb. Law. 687 (2017) (with Derek B. Simon). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • GMO REGULATION, 38 No. 10 Zoning and Planning Law Reports NL 1 (2015) ScholarSpace
  • Beyond Blackstone: The Modern Emergence of Customary Law, 4 Brigham-Kanner Prop. Rts. Comf. J. 151 (2015) HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing, 49 J. Marshall L. Rev. 271 (2015). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Fred Bosselman and the Taking Issue, 30 Touro. L. Rev. 255 (2014). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing, 1 J. Int’l & Comp. L. 1 (2014) (with Chynna Stone). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Through a Glass Clearly: Predicting the Future in Lan Use Takings Law, 54 Washburn L.J. 43 (2014). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Categorical (Lucas) Rule: “Background Principles,” Per Se Regulatory Takings, and the State of Exceptions, 30 Touro L. Rev. 371 (2014) (with David A. Robyak). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Koontz Redux: Where We Are and What’s Left, 65 Planning & Envtl. L. 7 (2013). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • It All Began in Hawaii, 45 J. Marshall L. Rev. 317 (2012). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Moon Court, Land Use, and Property: A Survey of Hawai’i Case Law 1993-2020, 33 U. Haw. L. Rev. 635 (2011) (with Emily Klatt & Andrew Nelson). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Workforce and Affordable Housing: Local Government Inclusionary Housing Programs and the Courts’, 63 Planning & Envtl. L. 3 (2011) (with Leigh Anne King, James C. Nicholas, & Cecily Talbert Barclay). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Mandatory Set-Asides as Land Development Conditions, 42 Urb. Law. 307 (2010). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Town and Country Planning in the United Kingdom, Environmental Laws and Their Enforcement Vol. II (2009). ScholarSpace
  • The Endangered Future of Affordable Housing Exactions (2009) (with Roger Bernhardt). ScholarSpace
  • Exactions or Extortions? Building Industry Ass’n v. City of Patterson, Golden Gate Sch. L. (2009) (with Roger Bernhardt). ScholarSpace
  • Thrice-Told Tales: The Case for Federal Aid in a Federal System, 60 Planning & Envtl. L. 3 (2008). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Water Regulation, Land Use and the Environment, 30 U. HAW. L. REV. 49 (2007) (with Calvert Chipchase). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Status of Nollan v. California Coastal Commission and Dolan v. City of TigardAfter Lingle v. Chevron USA Inc., 40 JOHN MARSHALL L. REV. 539 (2007) (with Christopher T. Goodin). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Takings, Physical and Regulatory, 15 ASIA PAC. L. REV. 77 (2007). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Providing Infrastructure for Smart Growth: Land Development Conditions, 43 IDAHO L. REV. 351 (2007) (with Glenn H. Sonoda). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Public Use / Private Purpose After Kelo v. City of New London, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Sturm College of Law (2007) (with Christina Wakayama). ScholarSpace
  • Kelo v. City of New London: A Requiem for Public Use, 20 Prob. & Prop. 11 (2005). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Interplay Between Land Use and Environmental Law, 23 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 685 (2006). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Kelo v. City of New London: Of Planning, Federalism, and a Switch in Time, 28 U. Haw. L. Rev. 327 (2006). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Is Fair Market Value Just Compensation? An Underlying Issue Surfaced in Kelo, A.B.A. (2006). SSRN | ScholarSpace
  • Public Use: What Should Replace the Rational Basis Test, 19 Prob. & Prop. 14 (2005). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Privatization and the Providing of Public Facilities through Private Means, 21 J.L. & Pol. 477 (2005) (with Adrienne I. Suarez). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Common Interest Communities: An Introduction, 37 Urb. Law. 325 (2005). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • A Federal Requiem for Public Use: And a Buleprint for State Action, 57 Planning & Envtl. L. 10 (2005). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Roles of Customary Law in Sustainable Development, Cambridge University Press (2005 (with Peter Orebach, Fed Bosselman, Jes Bjarup, Martin Chanock, and Hanne Petersen). ScholarSpace
  • Moratoria and Musings on Regulatory Takings: Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 25 U. Haw. L. Rev. 279 (2003). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Rampo Looking Forward: Gated Communities, Covenants, and Concerns, 35 Urb. Law. 177 (2003) (with Paula A. Franzese & Heidi Kai Guth). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Tyranny of the Majority: The Buckeye Decision on Fairness, Fair Housing and Referenda, 55 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 3 (2003) (with Stuart Meck, John Payne, Peter Buchsbaum, Dwight Merriam, & Anthony Cresap). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Between Law and Custom: “High” and “Low” Legal Cultures in the Lands of the British Diaspora, 32 Perspectives on Political Science 1 (2003). ScholarSpace
  • Property Rights after Palazzolo: When What You Know Can Hurt You, 16 Prob. & Prop. 37 (2002). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Quiet Revolution Redux: How Selected Local Governments Have Fared, 20 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 277 (2002). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Takings: An Introduction and Overview, 24 Haw. L. Rev. 441 (2002). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Selected Legal and Policy Trends in Takings Law: Background Principles, Custom and Public Trust Exceptions and the (MIS)use of Investment-Backed Expectations, 36 Val. U. L. Rev. 339 (2002) (with David J. Breemer). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Historic Preservation Law in the United States, 32 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10348 (2002). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Urbanizaciones ‘encerradas’, pactos y problemas, CIUDAD Y TERRITORIO Estudios Territoriales (2002). ScholarSpace
  • Taking Land: Compulsory Purchase and the Regulation of Land in Asia-Pacific Countries, 9 Asia Pac. L. Rev. 103 (2001) (with Tsuyoshi Kotaka & Heidi Guth). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Unconstitutional Land Development Conditions and the Development Agreement Solution: Bargaining for Public Facilities after Nollan and Dolan, 51 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 663 (2001) (with Julie A. Tappendorf). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Palazzolo v. Rhode Island: Ripeness and Notice Rule Clarified and Statutory Background Principles Narrowed, 33 Urb. Law. 907 (2001) (with Calvert G. Chipchase). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Taking Land: Compulsory Purchase and the Regulation of Land in Asia-Pacific Countries, 26 Int’l Legal Prac. 80 (2001) (with Tsuyoshi Kotaka). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Fred Bosselman and the Taking Issue, 17 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 3 (2001). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Palazzolo and Background Principles of a State’s Law of Property, 53 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 6 (2001). HeinOnline
  • Taking Land: Compulsory Purchase and the Regulation of Land in Asia-Pacific Countries, 31 Entl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11184 (2001) (with Tsuyoshi Kotaka & Heidi Guth). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Chassagnou and Others v. France European Court of Human Rights April 29, 1999, 2000 Bus. L. Int’l 111 (2000). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Right to Exclude Others from Private Property: A Fundamental Constitutional Right, 3 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 39 (2000) (with David Breemer). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Custom and Public Trust: Background Principles of State Property Law, 30 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10003 (2000). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Regulatory Takings and the Supreme Court: How Perspectives on Property Rights Have Changed from Penn Central to Dolan, and What State and Federal Courts Are Doing About It, 28 Stetson L. Rev. 523 (1999). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Access to Academics: Making Academics Work for You, 26 Int’l Bus. Law. 364 (1998). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Solutions after Dolan: Land Development Agreements, 49 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 3 (1997). HeinOnline
  • A Career of Service, 19 U. Haw. L. Rev. vii (1997) HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Exactions, Impact Fees and Other Land Development Conditions, Zoning and Land Use Controls (1997). ScholarSpace
  • Land Tenure, Alientation, and Foreign Investment in the Pacific, 4 Asia Pac. L. Rev. 47 (1995) (with Michael B. Dowling). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Beyond Nollan: The Constitutionality of Land Development Conditions After Dolan, 18 St. & Loc. L. News 1 (1995). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Nexus Redux on Required Land Dedications, 46 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 3 (1994). HeinOnline
  • The Quiet Revolution Revisited: A Quarter Century of Progress, 26 Urb. Law. 197 (1994). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • After Nollan: Dolan v. City of Tigard, 46 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 4 (1994). HeinOnline
  • Land Ownership, Use and Property Rights: the Balance between Local Ownership and Foreign Investor Security, 21 Int’l Bus. Law. 535 (1993). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Lucas Case: Regulatory Takings Past, Present, and Future, 44 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 4 (1992). HeinOnline
  • The Lum Court, Land Use, and the Environment: A Survey of Hawai’i Case Law 1983 to 1991, 14 U. Haw. L. Rev. 119 (1992) (with Donna H. Kalama & Mahilani E. Kellett). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Use of Consent Decrees in Settling Land Use and Environmental Disputes, 21 Stetson L. Rev. 871 (1992). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Regulatory Takings Redux: Which Land-Use Controls Will Survive, 44 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 4 (1992). HeinOnline
  • Land Use and the Constitution: Principles for Planning Practice, Planners Press (1992). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Ballot Box Zoning: Initiative, Referendum and the Law, 39 Wash. U. J. Urb. & Contemp. L. 53 (1991) (with Nancy C. Neuffer & Carlito P. Caliboso). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Paying for Growth and Planning Gain: An Anglo-American Comparison of Development Conditions, Impact Fees and Development Agreements, 23 Urb. Law. 221 (1991) (with Malcolm Grant). HeinOnlineScholarSpace
  • First Church on Remand: Keystone Revisited, 41 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 5 (1989). HeinOnline
  • Planning, Regulatory, and Environmental Controls Applicable to Harbor Developments and Associated Urban Renewal and Tourist Projects in the United States: The Honolulu Hypothetical, 21 Urb. Law. 351 (1989). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Icons and Aliens: Law, Aesthetics, and Environmental Change, 22 Urb. Law. 241 (1989). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Review Essay: Impact Fees, Exactions and Paying For Growth In Hawaii, 11 U. Haw. L. Rev. 295 (1989). HeinOnlineScholarSpace
  • Property Rights: Are There Any Left, 20 Urb. Law. 597 (1988). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Land Use Planning and Priorities in Hawaii, U. Haw. Press (1988). ScholarSpace
  • Regulatory Takings Redux and the Compensation Issue, 39 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 5 (1987). HeinOnline
  • (Book Review) Keeping TIme: The History and Theory of Preservation in America, 22 Urb. Law. 341 (1988). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Takings Clause – Take Three, 73 A.B.A. J. 48 (1987). HeinOnline | ScholarSapce
  • The Full Bore Application of Hamilton Bank, 38 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 4 (1986). HeinOnline
  • Developers’ Agreements and Planning Gain, 17 Urb. Law. 599 (1985). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Regulating Paradise: Is Land Use a Right or a Privilege, 7 U. Haw. L. Rev. 13 (1985). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Taking Issue Revisited, 37 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 6 (1985). HeinOnline
  • Enterprise Zones: The Redevelopment Sweepstakes Begins, 15 Urb. Law. 231 (1983) (with Gail M. Tamashiro). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Land Use Controls: Of Enterprise Zones, Takings, Plans and Growth Controls, 14 Urb. Law. 781 (1982). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Land Use Controls: An Eclectic Summary for 1980-1981, 13 Urb. Law. 723 (1981). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • U.S. v. Kaiser Aetna: Navigable Fishponds as Private Property – How Will They Keep out the Fish, 32 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 6 (1980). HeinOnline
  • A Hypothetical Case: Value Capture/Joint Development Techniques to Reduce the Public Costs of Public Improvements, 16 Urb. L. Ann. 155 (1979). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Land Use and Critical Areas: Preservation and Development Compromise in England and Australia, 5 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 265 (1979). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Land Use: Herein of Vested Rights, Plans, and the Relationship of Planning and Controls, 2 U. Haw. L. Rev. 167 (1979). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • The Arlington Heights Case: A Reprise, Real Estate Issues (1978). ScholarSpace
  • The Value Capture Hypothesis: A Second Analysis, 8 Transp. L.J. 9 (1976) (with Charles L. Siemon). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace
  • Value Recapture as a Source of Funds to Finance Public Projects, 8 Urb. L. Ann. 73 (1974) (with Christopher J. Duerksen). HeinOnline | ScholarSpace 
  • Value Recapture: A Rose by Another Name, 26 Land Use L. & Zoning Dig. 5 (1974) (with Christopher J. Duerksen). HeinOnline
  • The Taking Issue: A Study of the Constitutional Limits of Governmental Authority to Regulate the Use of Privately-Owned Land Withouth Paying Compensation to the Owners, University of California Libraries (1973). ScholarSpace
  • Planning Law in England and Wales and in the United States, 1 Anglo-Am. L. Rev. 292 (1972) (with J.F. Garner). HeinOnlineScholarSpace
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico v. Rosso: Land Banking and the Expanded Concept of Public Use, 2 Prospectus 199 (1968). HeinOnlineScholarSpace


  • Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize (2017)
  • Crystal Egale Award | Property Rights (2015)
  • Member of the Year, LAI (Land Econ, Honorary) 2012
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (ABA, 2006)
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