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Southern African Development Community Land Issues

Towards a New Sustainable Land Relations Policy

Edited by Ben Chigara

© 2012 – Routledge

266 pages

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This book constitutes volume one of a two volume examination of development community land issues in Southern Africa. In this volume, Ben Chigara undertakes a holistic inter-disciplinary evaluation of the legitimacy of colonial and emergent post-colonial rule property rights in affected States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). It particularly focuses on intensifying litigation in national courts, the SADC Tribunal, and more recently the Washington based International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) regarding counter claims to title to property.

The book examines cultural, economic and political drivers at the core of SADC land issues, focusing on their significance and potential to contribute to the discovery of a new, sustainable land relations policy that guarantees social justice in the distribution of all the advantages and disadvantages relating to the allocation and use of land. Chigara shows that persistent systematic administrative failures by pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial authorities have made for a very complex challenge that requires Solomonic tools that neither the Courts alone, nor human rights centric morality alone could resolutely attend. The book recommends a sophisticated systematic new approach to SADC land issues, which is developed in volume two, Re-conceiving Property Rights in the New Millennium.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers of Property and Conveyancing Law, Human Rights Law and Land Law.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Problematizing Southern African Development Community (SADC) Land Issues 1. Introduction, Ben Chigara 2. The Colonial Legacy in Land Rights in Southern Africa, Robert Home 3. Land Policy Developments and Setbacks in Southern Africa, Martin Adams and Rachael Knight 4. Land Resource Ownership and Use in ‘Africa of the Labour Reserves’ in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Horman Chitonge 5. Land Issues before the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal: A Case for Human Rights?, Oliver C. Ruppel Part 2: Juridical and Regulatory Challenges around SADC Land Issues 6. Indigenous Land Rights and Claims under International Law, Ilias Bantekas 7. The New Scramble for Africa: Towards a Human-Rights Based Approach to Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Sub-Region, Jérémie Gilbert and David Keane 8. The land crisis in Southern Africa: Challenges on good governance, Hany Besada & Ariane Goetz 9. The Land Question in Zimbabwe: The Judiciary as an Instrument of ‘Recovery’? Alex T. Magaisa 10. Property Rights and Land Reform in Namibia, Sam K. Amoo and Sidney L. Harring

About the Editor

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Land Use
LAW / Natural Resources
LAW / Property
LAW / Indigenous Peoples
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies