Thursday, November 08, 2012
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Legal and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions
The 2013 Law and Development Conference, “Legal and Development Implications of International Land Acquisitions,” will take place in Kyoto, Japan, beginning 31 May 2013. The purpose of this conference is to look at large-scale international land acquisitions from a ‘law and development’ perspective and determine the various legal frameworks at international, national and local level that enable or constrain such processes.
- Competing Frameworks and Perspectives on Land Property: What is the relationship between customary land rights and national land tenure legislation? What is the role of legal pluralism and legal culture in international land acquisition processes?
- Land Grabbing in a Human Rights Perspective: Which international and national human rights laws, norms and conventions may be violated by international land acquisitions? How are indigenous rights secured or undermined in the countries targeted by foreign investors?
- Land Acquisitions and International Investment Law: How are the rights and responsibilities of foreign investors addressed in international investment law? What is the role and potential leverage of voluntary guidelines for the responsible governance of land, water & forest tenure?
- Repercussions of Land Acquisitions on Legal Frameworks: How do international land acquisitions and leases challenge and transform customary norms and regulations of resource access, national tenure legislation, and international legal and development frameworks?
- International Land Acquisitions and Economic Development: How do various forms of international land acquisitions affect the economic development of the host developing countries? What are the proper forms and objectives of international land acquisitions that may contribute to sustainable development?
Deadline: November 15, 2012