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Session Overview
05-12: Expropriation Policy in Practice
Wednesday, 21/Mar/2018:
8:30am - 10:00am

Session Chair: Katherine Mulhern, International Senior Lawyers Project, United States of America
Location: MC C1-200


Expropriation and Compensation for ‘Public Utility’—the view from ‘above’ and ‘below’ in Cameroon

Brendan Schwartz1, Lorenzo Cotula1, Samuel Nguiffo2, Jaff Bamenjo3

1International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Kingdom; 2Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Cameroon; 3The Network to Fight Against Hunger in Cameroon (RELUFA), Cameroon

Cameroon is part of a global trend towards large-scale investments in

infrastructure, agriculture, extractive industries, industrial facilities and real

estate that are displacing many people. Deeming these projects in the public

interest, governments often acquire land by expropriating locally-held land

rights. But compulsory land acquisition has severe economic, social and cultural

impacts for families and communities. And disputes brought by legitimate

landholders can delay or undermine projects, potentially causing losses to

commercial operators or failing to deliver the intended public good. Many

countries have old-fashioned expropriation rules, ill-suited to addressing the

challenges involved. But Cameroon is well-placed to learn from and harness

best practice: the ongoing process to reform legislation on compulsory

acquisition is an opportunity to develop an effective system that both protects

land rights and facilitates developments that are genuinely in the public interest.


Need of Compliance to Legal and Social Framework for Land Based Investments in India

Vilas Sonawane1, Ashish Sonawane2

1Bhartiya Agriculture Economic Research Center, India; 2M P Law College, Auranagabd

India has seen a sea of changes in the field of land acquisition, especially in last 10 years. We wish to present a 360-degree view of these changes based on our research and data based analysis.

Our work is based on following areas:

1. Qualitative & quantitative analysis of legal disputes over land conflicts litigated before Supreme Court of India between 1950 and 2016. Supreme court cases are representative of the country as it hears the cases from across the country.

2. Comprehensive analysis of the provisions of the RFCTLARR, 2013, followed by comparative study of amendments related to the dilutions in the said act.

3. Findings of a detailed ground level surveys on land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement proceedings undertaken for large-scale land based projects across the Indian states.


Understanding Compensation From The Viewpoint Of Owners And Users Affected By Projects: An Assessment Of Selected Land And Water Development Projects In Turkey

Harun Tanrivermis, Yesim Aliefendioglu

Ankara University

Understanding Compensation From The Viewpoint Of Owners And Users Affected By Projects: An Assessment Of Selected Land And Water Development Projects In Turkey