1st Edition

Re-conceiving Property Rights in the New Millennium
Towards a New Sustainable Land Relations Policy

Edited By

Ben Chigara

ISBN 9780415859745
Published April 11, 2013 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This book constitutes Volume II of a set of two Volumes. Volume II considers the possibility of a new, sustainable land relations policy for Southern African Development Community States (SADC) that are currently mired up in land disputes that have become subject of domestic, regional and international tribunals, including the SADC Tribunal and the Washington based International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). It shows that land relations in the SADC have always been, and will perhaps remain a matter for constitutional regulation. Because constitutional laws defer to no other laws except by constitutional design, legal contests appear to be the least likely means by which these disputes will eventually be settled in the sub-region. Only human rights inspired policies that respond to the call for social justice by acknowledging both the current and the underlying contexts to the disputes, and also to the developmental aspirations of these States hold the most potential to resolve these disputes. The book recommends efficient pedagogical counter-apartheid-rule psychological distortions regarding the significance of human dignity (PECAPDISH) as a pre-requisite and corollary to the dismantling of the salient physical legacy of apartheid-rule in affected SADC States. The book shows that PECAPDISH’s potential and benefits would be enormous.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Ideological, Socio-Economic and Cultural Issues Around Land  1. Land Ownership and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Manisuli Ssenyonjo  2. Genderised Land Reform and Social Justice – A Gender Perspective on the Formalization of Communal Land Tenure, Annika Rudman  3. Framing Women’s Rights and Citizenship Within the SADC Land Reform Discourse: A Feminist Critique, Lyn Ossome  4. Land and Resource Rights, Tenure Arrangements and Reform in Community Based Natural Resource Management in SADC, Munyaradzi Saruchera and Sibongile Manzana  5. The Land Question in Southern Africa: A Political Economy Perspective, Edward Lahiff   Part 2: Possibilities and Further Challenges  6. Farm Workers on Private Agriculture Land Holdings: A Pathway to the Common Settlement of a SADC Land Issues?, Sibo Banda  7. Property Guarantees in Old and New Southern African Constitutions, Clement Ngongola  8. SADC Within the Region: The African Union (AU) Approach to Land Issues, Rachel Murray  9. Deconstructing SADC Land Relations: Towards a New, Sustainable Land Relations Policy?, Ben Chigara

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Ben Chigara is Professor of International Laws at Brunel University, UK.


"Edited by Chigara, this is the second volume of a two-volume work exploring land issues in the states of the Southern African Development Community. Whereas the first volume focused on current issues, this volume provides a more future-oriented and reform-based perspective. Nine contributions discuss socio-economic and cultural issues of land reform, including economic, social, and cultural rights; gender and social justice; community-based natural resource management; and the political economy perspective of land reform, as well as such topics as constitutional property guarantees, the African Union approach to land issues, and farm workers on private agricultural land holdings."—Book News