Lundi 07 décembre 2015, 12:30 - 14:00

Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Focus on South-East Asia

Launch of International Development Policy latest issue

Auditorium Ivan Pictet (A1B)
Maison de la paix, Geneva

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'.

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

Moderation by Gilles Carbonnier

The volume has been published by Brill-Nijhoff and the Graduate Institute. Order your copy on the Brill-Nijhoff website and read it on the International Development Policy website.

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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