Conference | Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Focus on South-East Asia – Geneva

The launch event of DevPol’s latest issue will take place at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, on 7 December 2015 between 12:30 and 2 PM.


Large-scale land acquisitions, or ‘land grabbing’, have 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 puts ‘land grabbing’ into specific historical and institutional contexts. The volume also offers a human rights analysis of the phenomenon, examining the potential and limits of human rights mechanisms aimed at preventing and mitigating the negative consequences of ‘land grabbing’.


Monday 07 December 2015, 12:30 – 14:00
Auditorium Ivan Pictet (A1B), Maison de la paix, Geneva
Please Register Here

Welcome and Introduction

  • Gilles Carbonnier, Professor at the Graduate Institute, Geneva | Editor-in-Chief, International Development Policy
  • Bernhard Fuhrer, Director, Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)

Presentation by the guest editors

  • Christophe Gironde, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Christophe Golay, Research Fellow, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • Peter Messerli, Director, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

Comments from the discussants

  • Shaila Seshia Galvin, Assistant Professor, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Ben White, Emeritus Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Public discussion


The volume has been published by Brill-Nijhoff and the Graduate Institute. Order your copy on the Brill-Nijhoff website and read it on DevPol’s website.

Gironde, C., C. Golay and P. Messerli (Eds.) (2015) Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Focus on South-East Asia, International Development Policy series No.6, Geneva: Graduate Institute Publications, Boston: Brill-Nijhoff, 220 p. | ISBN13: 9789004304741| €80

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