Apr 2, 2013
6:00pm - 8:00pm    |    Room 310, Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan street

“The Human Rights Implications of the Global Rush for African Land”

What: The Human Rights Implications of the Global Rush for African Land

When: Tuesday, April 2, 6-8 PM

Where: Room 310, Furman Hall (245 Sullivan Street, NYU School of Law)

Refreshments will be served.  Valid ID required for entry.

About the Panel:

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, ownership and use of agricultural land is changing hands at an astounding rate.  Rural communities engaged in subsistence or pastoral farming are, in many cases, being pushed out in favor of large-scale investors.  These investors are responding to a variety of global forces:  Some are securing their own food supply, while others are capitalizing on land as an increasingly promising source of financial returns.  Proponents argue that these investments can support economic development in host states while boosting global food production.  But critics charge that these “land grabs” violate human rights and will aggravate food and energy crises.


Please join the African Law Association, the International Law Society, and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice for a panel discussion on the human rights implications of the global rush to invest in African land.


Professor Francis Ssekandi, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of agricultural foreign direct investment in Africa.

Professor Smita Narula, Faculty Director of CHRGJ and Professor of the International Human Rights Clinic at NYU School of Law, will discuss the human rights implications of these investments, as well as the challenges inherent in making rights-based claims to land.

Wendy Liu ’14, Member of the International Human Rights Clinic, will share the findings of the Clinic’s recent report: Unheard Voices: The Human Rights Impact of Land Investments on Indigenous Communities in Gambella



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