Legalising Land Rights

Local Practices, State Responses and Tenure Security in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Edited by Janine M. Ubink, André J. Hoekema, and Willem J. Assies

Legalising Land Rights

Edited by Janine M. Ubink, André J. Hoekema, and Willem J. Assies

Distributed for Leiden University Press

618 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2009
Paper $76.50 ISBN: 9789087280567 Published March 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Across the globe millions of people live and work on land that they do not—and legally cannot—own. And though some efforts to secure land rights for these individuals have been successful, many others—such as those that emphasize titles and registration—have been disappointing. Legalising Land Rights critiques the various programs designed to counter land tenure regimes in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, broadening the scope of knowledge on land tenure reform in these regions and calling for the implementation of new and more effective legislation.


1.      Legalising land rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America: An introduction

Janine Ubink

2.      Peasant and agrarian reforms: The unfinished quest for secure land rights in Ethiopia

Dessalegn Rahmato

3.      Land rights and tenure security: Rural land registration in Ethiopia

Dessaleng Rahmato

4.      Securing land rights in Ghana

Kojo Sebastian Amanor

5.      Tree  plantations, agricultural commodification, and land tenure security in Ghana

Kojo Sebastian Amanor

6.      Legalising customary and tenure in Ghana: The case of peri-urban Kumasi

Janine Ubink

7.      Land tenure reform and tenure security in Namibia

Marco Lankhorst

8.      Regulating or deregulating informal land tenure? A Namibian case study on the prospects of improving tenure security under the Flexible Land Tenure Bill

Marco Lankhorst and Muriël Veldman

9.      Land reform in Senegal: l’Historie se répète?

Gerti Hesseling

10.  Tenure security in the periphery of Ziguinchor: The impact of politics and social relations

Gerti Hesseling and John Eichelsheim

11.  Land tenure in Bolivia: From colonial times to post-neoliberalism

Willem Assies

12.  Problems undermining the titling and tenure security of common-property lands: The case of indigenous people of Bolivia’s lowlands

Diego Pacheco

13.  Land tenure and tenure regimes in Mexico: An overview

Willem Assies and Emilio Duhau

14.  A case study on the implementation and outcomes of the 1992 reforms on the Mexican agrarian property institutions: An ejido in the frontier of the urbanization process

Emilio Duhau

15.  Land reform and tenure security in China: History and current challenges

Li Ping, Poy Posterman, Ye Jianping, Wu Jian, Benjamin van Rooij

16.  Land loss and conflict in China: Illustrated by cases from Yunnan province

Benjamin van Rooij

17.  Peri-urban land tenure legalisation: A tale of two districts

Ye Jianping and Wu Jian

18.  Land law in Indonesia

Herman Slaats, Erman Rajagukguk, Nurul Elmiyah, Akhmad Safik

19.  Land registration programmes for Indonesia’s urban poor: Need, reach, and effect in the kampongs of Bandung

Gustaaf Reerink

20.  The mystery of formalising informal land tenure in the forest frontier: The case of Langkawana, Lampung, Indonesia

Myrna A. Safitri


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