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Commercial Pressures and Legal Rights: The Trouble with the Law Regulating Agricultural Investment in Africa
Journal Title: QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria 
Author/s: Lorenzo Cotula 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  32 Pg. 163-194 FullText PDF:  398 KB
DOI:  10.3280/QU2013-002007
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As revived private-sector interest in African agriculture aggravates commercial pressures on land, the national, international and transnational legal frameworks define the rights, obligations, enforcement mechanisms and arenas for negotiation and contestation among the manifold actors brought into contact through agricultural investments. Historical legacies and recent developments have favoured the emergence of a legal system geared more towards enabling secure transnational investment flows than towards ensuring that these flows benefit people in the recipient countries. Promoting inclusive investment in agriculture means rethinking important features of the law, and enhancing the local capacity to exercise rights under the existing law. EconLit Classification: K100, K110, K330, Q150, F230
Keywords: Basic areas of law: General (Constitutional law), Property law, International law, Land ownership and tenure, Land reform, Land use, Irrigation, Agriculture and environment, Multinational firms, International business

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Lorenzo Cotula, Commercial Pressures and Legal Rights: The Trouble with the Law Regulating Agricultural Investment in Africa in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 2/2013, pp. 163-194, DOI:10.3280/QU2013-002007

   

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