1st Edition

Land Law and Disputes in Asia In Search of an Alternative for Development

Edited By Yuka Kaneko, Narufumi Kadomatsu, Brian Z. Tamanaha Copyright 2022
    330 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Through an in-depth legal analysis by leading scholars, this book searches for the exact legal causes of land-related disputes in Asia within the histories, legal systems and social realities of the respective countries. It consists of four main parts: examining the relationship between law and development; land-taking in developmental stages; common ownership; and proposals for new approaches to land law and dispute resolution. With a combination of orthodox legal interpretations and the empirical approach of legal sociology, the contributors undertake an extensive comparative legal analysis across common and civil law traditions. Most importantly, they propose pathways forward for legal transformations in the pursuit of sustainable development in Asia.

    This book is vital contribution to the study of comparative law, and especially property law, in East and Southeast Asia.

    Part I: Model Conflict in Land Law and Civil Code Drafting 1. "Origin of Land Disputes: Reviving Colonial Apparatus in Land Law Reforms" KANEKO Yuka 2. "Land Ownership in Cambodia: Inter-Donor Debates for the Protection of Private Rights in Development" SAKANO Issei 3. "Lao Civil Code and Land Law Debates" OKAWA Kenzo 4. "Land Law Reform and Civil Code Drafting in Vietnam: How to Balance the Conflicting Needs for Land" NGUYEN Hong Hai Part II: Land Taking for "Development" and Beyond 5. "Takings for Private Use/Private Interest and Livelihood Compensation in Japan" KADOMATSU Narufumi 6. "What enables a private party to expropriate an individual from an estate in Korea?" YOO Jin-Sik&SE NooRi 7. "Public-Interest Requirements of Zone Expropriation in Taiwan" LEE Ming-Chih 8. "Land Expropriation and Compensation in China" JIAO Shu &YANG Yashu Part III: Securing Commons in the Old and New Property Regime 9. "Vacant Properties in Japan: A New Challenge for the Study of the Commons and Land Laws in Asia" TAKAMURA Gakuto 10. "Land Disputes in Indonesia: Consistency of Supreme Court and Constitutional Court Judgments" RUDY Lukman 11. "Right of Commons under Japan’s Civil Code" MUROI Sachihiko 12. "The Concept of Juridical Personality and the Autonomy of Villagers’ Committees in China" MATSUMOTO Mikiko Part IV: Land Law toward Alternative "Development" 13. "Land Law Reforms in Asian Emerging Economies: Toward Balanced Development" GILLESPIE John 14. "The Role of Administrative Courts in Vietnam in Solving Land Disputes: Legal and Political Boundaries" PHAM Duy Nghia 15. "Land Law and Disputes in Myanmar: A Historical Struggle for Redefining the Property Rights" KANEKO Yuka & Ye Naing Lin 16. "Asian Land Conflicts and the Great Transformation: Fallacy of the Law and Development Long-Term View" TAMANAHA Brian


    Kaneko, Yuka, LL.D., Professor, Kobe University Center for Social Systems Innovation. She is active in the field of Asian comparative law as well as in the sociology of law. She is the author of several books, including Asian Crisis and Financial Law Reforms, Shinzan-Sya in 2004; Law Reforms and Legal Development in Asia, Daigakukyoiku-Shuppan in 2010; Asian Law in Disasters: Toward a Human-Centered Recovery, Routledge in 2016; Law and Development of Myanmar, Koyo-Syobo in 2018; and Civil Law Reforms in Post-Colonial Asia: Beyond Western Capitalism, Springer in 2019.

    Kadomatsu, Narufumi, LL.M., Dean and Professor at Graduate School of Law, Kobe University. He studies legal issues of administrative law and urban land law. He has published many articles in academic journals in Japanese, English and German. He is an editor or a contributor of several books, including Kadomatsu et al., Legal Response to Vacant Houses: An International Comparison, Springer 2020. He is also a member of the board of directors of the East Asia Administrative Law Association.

    Tamanaha, Brian Z., John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, U.S.A. He is a renowned jurisprudence and law and society scholar, and the author of nine books, including his latest book titled A Realistic Theory of Law (2017), which received the 2019 IVR Book Prize from the International Association of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy for best legal philosophy book published in 2016–2018, as well as an Honorable Mention for the 2018 Prose Awards in Law by the Association of University Presses. His book, On the Rule of Law (2004), has been translated into nine languages.