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Land, Property and Sovereignty in International Law

Lorenzo Cotula

Journal article, 68 pages

Land has long held a central place in the development of international law. Taking a long-term historical perspective, this article explores how indigenous peoples and transnational corporations are increasingly resorting to international norms to address land disputes – particularly in connection with large-scale natural resource investments.

The findings indicate that these disputes can create tensions in the application of different international norms, for example under human rights and investment treaties, and they call for refining international law tools to protect local land rights in the face of commercial concessions.

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  • IIED code: G04309
  • Published: Aug 2017 - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York
  • Themes: Land acquisitions and rights, Law
  • Source pub: Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Journal ref: 25, 2
  • Language: English

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Cotula, L (2017) Land, Property and Sovereignty in International Law. Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, 25(2), 219-286.
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Land is central to livelihoods, culture and identity for millions of people across the developing world. But there is growing concern that people's connection to their land is being undermined, due to large-scale land deals for agricultural investments in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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