Re-conceiving Property Rights in the New Millennium
Towards a New Sustainable Land Relations Policy
Edited by Ben Chigara
Routledge – 2012 – 234 pages
Routledge – 2012 – 234 pages
This book constitutes volume two of a two volume examination of development community land issues in Southern Africa. Following from volume one Southern African Development Community Land Issues, this book considers the possibility of a new, sustainable land relations policy for Southern African Development Community States (SADC) that are currently mired up in land disputes that have become subject of domestic, regional and international tribunals. Chigara demonstrates that land relations in the SADC have always been, and will perhaps remain, a matter for constitutional regulation. Because constitutional laws are distinctive from other laws only by constitutional design, legal contests appear to be the least likely means for settlement in the sub-region. Only human rights inspired policies, that respond to the call for social justice by acknowledging both the current and the underlying contexts to the disputes, hold the most potential to resolve these disputes.
The book recommends efficient pedagogical counter-apartheid-rule psychological distortions regarding the significance of human dignity (PECAPDISH) as a pre-requisite and corollary to the dismantling of the salient physical legacy of apartheid-rule in affected SADC States. The book shows that PECAPDISH’s potential and benefits would be enormous.
The book will be of interest to students and researchers of Property and Conveyancing Law, Human Rights Law, and Land Law.
"Edited by Chigara, this is the second volume of a two-volume work exploring land issues in the states of the Southern African Development Community. Whereas the first volume focused on current issues, this volume provides a more future-oriented and reform-based perspective. Nine contributions discuss socio-economic and cultural issues of land reform, including economic, social, and cultural rights; gender and social justice; community-based natural resource management; and the political economy perspective of land reform, as well as such topics as constitutional property guarantees, the African Union approach to land issues, and farm workers on private agricultural land holdings."—Book News
Part 1: Ideological, Socio-Economic and Cultural Issues Around Land 1. Land Ownership and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Manisuli Ssenyonjo 2. Genderised Land Reform and Social Justice – A Gender Perspective on the Formalization of Communal Land Tenure, Annika Rudman 3. Framing Women’s Rights and Citizenship Within the SADC Land Reform Discourse: A Feminist Critique, Lyn Ossome 4. Land and Resource Rights, Tenure Arrangements and Reform in Community Based Natural Resource Management in SADC, Munyaradzi Saruchera and Sibongile Manzana 5. The Land Question in Southern Africa: A Political Economy Perspective, Edward Lahiff Part 2: Possibilities and Further Challenges 6. Farm Workers on Private Agriculture Land Holdings: A Pathway to the Common Settlement of a SADC Land Issues?, Sibo Banda 7. Property Guarantees in Old and New Southern African Constitutions, Clement Ngongola 8. SADC Within the Region: The African Union (AU) Approach to Land Issues, Rachel Murray 9. Deconstructing SADC Land Relations: Towards a New, Sustainable Land Relations Policy?, Ben Chigara
Ben Chigara is Professor of International Laws at Brunel University, UK.