David L. Callies

  • Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law
  • 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 Dan Tarlock). He is also a board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute in Denver, the Institute for Local Government Studies in Dallas, APA’s Planning & Environmental Law digest, the Holy Nativity School in Honolulu, and the Social Science Association of Honolulu.

Among his seventeen 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 Tom Roberts), Cases and Materials on Land Use (Thomson-West, 5th ed., 2008). 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. His most recent article (of over 75) 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 recent use of U.S. property law precedents by Hong Kong’s highest court.

He is presently revising his book on Hawaiʻi land use law.




Chapters & Articles

  • Water Regulation, Land Use and the Environment, 30 U. HAW. L. REV. 49 (2007) (with Calvert Chipchase).
  • The Status of Nollan v. California Coastal Commission and Dolan v. City of Tigard After Lingle v. Chevron USA Inc., 40 JOHN MARSHALL L. REV. 539 (2007) (with Christopher T. Goodin).
  • Takings, Physical and Regulatory, 15 ASIA PAC. L. REV. 77 (2007).
  • Providing Infrastructure for Smart Growth: Land Development Conditions, 43 IDAHO L. REV. 351 (2007) (with Glenn H. Sonoda).


  • Board Member, Institute/Planning, Zoning & Eminent Domain.