Special Issue | Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Focus on South-East Asia

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Large-scale land acquisition, or ‘land grabbing’, has become a key research topic among scholars interested in agrarian change, development, and the environment. The term ‘land acquisitions’ refers to a highly contested process in terms of governance and impacts on livelihoods and human rights. This special issue focuses on South-East Asia. A series of thematic and in-depth case studies put ‘land grabbing’ into specific historical and institutional contexts. The issue also offers a human rights analysis of the phenomenon, examining the potential and limits of human rights mechanisms aimed at preventing and mitigating land grabs’ negative consequences.

Contents

PART 1 — SETTING THE SCENE: HISTORY, STATE AND LAW

1 – Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: A Historical Perspective
Laurence Roudart and Marcel Mazoyer

2 – States as Actors in International Agro-Investments
Martin Keulertz and Eckart Woertz

3 – The Role of Property Rights in the Debate on Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
Olivier De Schutter

PART 2 — LAND DYNAMICS AND LIVELIHOODS IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA

4 – The Impact of Larger-Scale Agricultural Investments on Communities in South-East Asia: A First Assessment
James Zhan, Hafiz Mirza, and Willliam Speller

5 – Sweet and Bitter: Trajectories of Sugar Cane Investments in Northern Luzon, the Philippines, and Aceh, Indonesia, 2006–13
Mohamad Shohibuddin, Maria Lisa Alano, and Gerben Nooteboom

6 – Marginal Land or Marginal People? Analysing Patterns and Processes of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in South-East Asia
Peter Messerli, Amaury Peeters, Oliver Schoenweger, Vong Nanhthavong, and Andreas Heinimann

7 – From Lagging Behind to Losing Ground: Cambodian and Laotian Household Economy and Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
Christophe Gironde and Gilda Senties Portilla

8 – ‘Better-practice’ Concessions? Lessons from Cambodia’s Leopard-Skin Landscape
Michael B. Dwyer, Emily Polack, and Sokbunthoeun So

PART 3 — HUMAN RIGHTS AND LARGE-SCALE LAND ACQUISITIONS

9 – Identifying and Monitoring Human Rights Violations Associated with Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: A Focus on United Nations Mechanisms and South-East Asia
Christophe Golay

10 – Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Cambodia: Where Do (Human Rights) Law and Practice Meet?
Ioana Cismas and Patricia Paramita

CONCLUSION

11 – Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Livelihoods and Human Rights in South-East Asia
Christophe Gironde and Christophe Golay

Read it online at http://poldev.revues.org/2015

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