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Southern Africa Development Community Land Issues: Towards a New Sustainable Land Relations Policy

Edited by: Ben Chigara

ISBN13: 9780415587044
Published: August 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00
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This book considers issues surrounding land ownership and land reform in the countries which comprise the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The contributions to the book focus particularly on the possible impact of land issues on the sub-region's development and human security potential in light of the UN Millennium Development Goals and the development of international human rights law and regional customary international law.

The book situates SADC land issues in their local, regional and international context at the start of the twenty-first century exploring them from an inter-disciplinary perspective. The book features contributions from an impressive array of experts including Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Eldred Masunungure and Catherine Odimba Kombe. The book addresses SADC land issues from a socio-legal historical perspective, evaluating their impact on the emerging political, economic, and social character of the sub-region. The book concludes that the current plans for land reform are unsustainable for all stakeholders in light of the local and global aspirations that SADC governments have previously committed themselves to, and so the book goes on to put forward a new, sustainable land relations policy which could be amenable to all stakeholders in the region.

Other Jurisdictions , Africa
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, Jeremie 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