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Realizing women’s land rights in Africa and Beyond

Reports & Research
March, 2019

In October 2016, women farmers from 22 countries across Africa climbed the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to claim women’s rights for access to and control over land and natural resources. This event coincided with the launch of a campaign of the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) to reach the target of having 30 percent of all registered land in the name of women by 2025 and to embed women’s land rights into the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mekong Land Research Forum: Annual country reviews 2018-19

Policy Papers & Briefs
January, 2019

The Annual Country Reviews reflect upon current land issues in the Mekong Region, and has been produced for researchers, practitioners and policy advocates operating in the field. Specialists have been selected from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to briefly answer the following two questions:

1. What are the most pressing issues involving land governance in your country?

2. What are the most important issues for the researcher on land?

Land Framework of Singapore

Policy Papers & Briefs
November, 2018

Long-term planning and an efficient system of land administration and management have played a critical role in Singapore’s transformation from a colonial port to highly liveable global city.


Reports & Research
October, 2018

Defenders of Indigenous land in Malaysia are targeted, singled out and face opposition from state authorities and private individuals when they speak up. These abuses have further disenfranchised Indigenous communities in Malaysia, marginalising them socially and harming them economically. The report examines the struggles human rights defenders of Indigenous peoples have endured as they have sought to claim their right to Indigenous lands, and the steps that should be taken by the government to ensure that they are given the protection they deserve.

III Seminário Internacional de Governança de Terras e Desenvolvimento Econômico: Regularização Fundiária

Journal Articles & Books
December, 2017
América Latina e Caribe
América do Sul
É com enorme satisfação que apresentamos o resultado dos trabalhos do III SEMINÁRIO INTERNACIONAL DE GOVERNANÇA DE TERRAS E DESENVOLVIMENTO ECONÔMICO: REGULARIZAÇÃO FUNDIÁRIA, evento realizado entre os dias, 7, 8 e 9 de junho de 2017, no anfiteatro do Instituto de Economia da Unicamp.
Durante os 03 (três) dias de produtivas discussões, acadêmicos, especialistas e o público em geral tiveram a oportunidade de debater algumas das principais questões relativa à Regularização Fundiária, atuando como um instrumento que busca a otimização da gestão da

Sob o império da grilagem

Journal Articles & Books
May, 2017
América do Sul

O objetivo do artigo é compreender o período entre 1822 e 1850 como um momento da história brasileira em que se instituiu simultaneamente a absolutização da propriedade privada da terra e a legalização jurídica da grilagem de terra. O processo de monopolização das terras brasileiras que se realizou na primeira metade do século XIX reproduziu a grilagem como forma e conteúdo central da formação territorial do Brasil.

Legalized Rent-Seeking: Eminent Domain in Kazakhstan

Reports & Research
December, 2016

Cornell International Law Journal: Vol. 50 : No. 1 , Article 2 Kazakhstan ranks consistently low on measures of property rights protection and the rule of law more generally.1 Echoing these evaluations, existing literature emphasizes the degree to which informal institutions shape property relations in personalist, authoritarian regimes, like Kazakhstan. The expectation is that formal institutions like law and courts fail to restrain or otherwise influence state agents’ rent-seeking behavior. In effect, they serve primarily as ornamentation.

State Ownership of Land in Uzbekistan – an Impediment to Further Agricultural growth?

Peer-reviewed publication
November, 2016

The present paper aims to demonstrate how the state land ownership affects development of agricultural sector in Uzbekistan, and what are its strengths and weaknesses. It highlights the importance of secure land right regardless of ownership. Land in Uzbekistan is state-owned; the exclusive state ownership of land was first incorporated in the 1992 Constitution. The official rationale was to ensure food security and social stability; another concern was the state-run irrigation system, operation of which would be hampered in the event of land privatization.

Sub-decree No. 226 on downsizing of the 3,393 hectare of land in Chi Kreng district, Siem Reap province from land concession of TPP Company and economic land concession of Sophorn Theary Peanich Co. Ltd and reclassifying public state land as private st...

October, 2016

This Sub-decree is about the downsized land in total of 3393 hectares, including (1) 3310.17 hectares from land concession of TPP Company and (2) 82.83 hectares from economic land concession of Sophorn Theary Peanich Co. Ltd, and the reclassification of the 2756.89 hectares of state public land as state private land for the granting of ownership to the people who have been occupied and the 636.11 hectares of land shall be kept for public benefits and physical infrastructure in Chong Spean village, Khvav commune, Chi Kreng district, Siem Reap province.

Politics or profits along the “Silk Road”: what drives Chinese farms in Tajikistan and helps them thrive?

Peer-reviewed publication
September, 2016

China’s influence in neighboring Central Asian states is growing at a fast pace. Since the launch of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative to accelerate China’s engagement in Central Asia and beyond, nearly all Chinese activity in this region has been gathered under OBOR. OBOR now seems to cover a plethora of spatially and temporally expanding state and privately driven projects. In this paper, I discuss large- and small-scale Chinese farm enterprises in Tajikistan, in which discussions around China’s “global land investments” and OBOR intersect.