'Land grabbing' and international investment law: toward a global reconfiguration of property? | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

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Date of publication: 
October 2016
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
G04091
Pages: 
54
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© Oxford University Press 2016

This yearbook chapter discusses the link between international investment law and commercial pressures on the world’s natural resources. It argues that changes in legal frameworks are redefining control over natural resources, and facilitating transitions toward more commercialised land relations. As pressures on resources increase, many national laws undermine the rights of people impacted by investments. If not properly thought through, international treaties to protect foreign investment could compound shortcomings of local and national governance. Addressing these issues requires a holistic understanding of the interplay of national and international law. Ongoing debates about reforming the investment treaty regime need to consider the on-the-ground reality of investment processes in low and middle-income countries. At the same time, only by tackling the international dimensions will it be possible to secure land rights at the grassroots.

A Q&A on Law in the natural resource squeeze: ‘land grabbing’, investment treaties and human rights (first link below) provides a fuller summary of the main findings.

 

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 
Lorenzo Cotula
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Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world, publishing in 70 languages and 190 countries. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.

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