Fair Land Governance

How to Legalise Land Rights for Rural Development

Edited by Jan Michiel Otto and André Hoekema

Edited by Jan Michiel Otto and André Hoekema

Distributed for Leiden University Press

190 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $53.00 ISBN: 9789087281366 Published June 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Across the globe, farmers whose families have tilled the land for generations are being evicted from their homes because they do not have proper identification papers. The interests of large-scale agriculture, forest conservation, and urban sprawl threaten the fates of rural smallholders around the world. Five legal experts weigh in on this phenomenon in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, parsing local and international laws while finding possible solutions for this troubling trend through the empowerment and enfranchisement of local populations. An important survey of this a much overlooked subject, Fair Land Governance moves the debate over property rights into fresh territory.

1. Legalising Land Rights, Yes But How? An Introduction
      Jan Michiel Otto and André Hoekema
2. Simple Solutions to Complex Problems: Land Formalisation as a 'Silver Bullet'
      John W. Bruce
3. Securing Land Rights in Africa—Trends in National and International Law
      Lorenzo Cotula
4. From State to People's Law: Assessing Learning-By-Doing as a Basis of New Land Law
      Liz Alden Wily
5. Future Cadastres
      Paul Van Der Molen
6. If Not Private Property, Then What? Legalising Extra-Legal Rural Land Tenure via a Third Road
      André Hoekema

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